Middlesex Man Charged with Drug-Related Fatality

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Matthew P. Geist of the Middlesex Police Department said a man from Middlesex Borough was arrested on charges that he provided the drugs that caused the death of a 31-year old county resident.   According to authorities, James Dimino, 33, of Middlesex was charged with one count of strict liability for a drug induced death for providing the combination of heroin and fentanyl that killed the 31-year old man. He was also charged with the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.   Officials arrested and charged Dimino on Sept. 4th for the drug induced death of the victim who was found dead in his home on May 16, 2016. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be the result of the combined toxic effects of heroin and fentanyl.   The Middlesex Police Department continued to investigate leads through the years for the 2016 death. During the investigation it was determined that the defendant sold the combination of heroin and fentanyl to the victim which caused his death on May 16, 2016. He was arrested and charged by Detective Paul Steffanelli of the Middlesex Police Department and Detective Michael Connelly of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.   Officials say Dimino is currently being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending a Detention Hearing scheduled for Friday, September 7, 2018 in New Brunswick Superior Court.   The investigation is active and is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Steffanelli at (732) 356-1900 ext. 311, or Detective Connelly at (732) 745-3254.   As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Dimino are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.