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Galloway Township Man Pleads Guilty to Drug-Induced Death

Galloway Township

A Galloway Township man has pleaded guilty to first-degree Strict Liability for a Drug-Related Death and narcotics charges in connection to the 2018 fatal overdose of Anthony Tamburelli, 59, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

Officials said Mr. Brian Whitted, 56, pleaded guilty to first-degree Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death, second-degree Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin with co-defendant Emery Chapman, and second-degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin. The plea calls for a sentence of 10 years in New Jersey state prison, subject to the No Early Release Act. Sentencing is scheduled for Apr. 28, 2022, with Judge Bernard DeLury.

On Monday, December 17, 2018, officers of the Galloway Township Police Department located Tamburelli, deceased in his residence, from a drug overdose.

A police investigation revealed that Whitted and Chapman conspired to distribute heroin and sold Tamburelli the fatal combination of heroin and fentanyl.

This is an investigation by the Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of the Galloway Township Police Department.

Assistant Prosecutor Allison L. Eiselen represents the state in this matter.