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Ocean County Authorities Arrest Man on Strict Liability Drug Induced Death Charge

By kcora on
Ocean County

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced today that Peter Keith Paul was arrested and charged with Strict Liability Drug Induced Death, Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl), Possession With the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl) and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl).

According to authorities, on Jan. 26th, Toms River Township Police were dispatched to a residence in response to an unresponsive 46-year-old male.

Upon arrival, then victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A subsequent investigation revealed that on Jan. 25th, Paul sold pills to the victim. A toxicology report later confirmed that the Fentanyl found in the victim’s system was the cause of his death.

Officials say Paul was previously charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance on Feb. 15th.

Police say Paul surrendered himself to the Toms River Township Police Station and was transported to the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Members of the public and the media are reminded that defendants are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.