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UPDATE: East Orange Man Arrested in Metuchen Drug-Related Fatality  

By kcora on

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief David Irizarry of the Metuchen Police Department said a second man has been arrested and charged in connection to the death of a 24-year old borough resident.
 
According to authorities, Leland Alexander, 30, of East Orange, has been arrested and charged with one count of strict liability for a drug induced death for providing the combination of heroin and fentanyl that killed the 24-year old man.
 
Officials say Alexander was charged on October 24, 2018, for the drug induced death of the victim who was found dead in his home on September 28, 2018. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be the result of the combined toxic effects of heroin and fentanyl.
 
An investigation by Detective Sergeant Robert Belluscio of the Metuchen Police Department and Detective Erik Larsen of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that the defendant supplied the combination of heroin and fentanyl which caused the victim’s death.
 
Police similarly charged Sherman Williams on Oct. 19th in connection to the death of the victim.
 
According to authorities, Alexander is currently being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending an initial court appearance in New Brunswick Superior Court.
 
The investigation is active and is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Belluscio at (732) 632-8500, or Detective Larsen at (732) 745-3263.
 
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge against Alexander is merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.