Burlington County authorities reported that a Trenton drug dealer pled guilty to causing the death of a Burlington Township customer by supplying the fentanyl-laced heroin that led to her fatal overdose in 2018.
Officials said under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Daquan Marshall, 30, pled guilty on September 14 to Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death (First Degree) in exchange for a nine-year sentence in New Jersey state prison.
Marshall has been lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly since his arrest in April 2019. He initially faced drug distribution charges, but the offense was upgraded after the victim died and the investigation traced the drugs back to him.
According to Burlington County officials, the investigation began on October 30, 2018, when officers from the Burlington Township Police Department were dispatched to Central Avenue for a report of a possible overdose.
Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim in a bedroom with a hypodermic needle near her body.
The decedent, Ms. Alexandra Kohfeldt, 22, of Springfield, was transported to Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, where she died on November 4 without ever having regained consciousness.
An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood determined her death was due to fentanyl toxicity.
The Hon. John J. Burke III scheduled sentencing for October 19.
The investigation was conducted by the Burlington Township Police Department, the BCPO Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force, and the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit.