Authorities in Camden County say a man from Berlin has been charged in connection to the death of a man who overdosed on fentanyl shortly after buying it.

Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Berlin Township Police Chief Wayne Bonfiglio say 31-year-old Christopher Mauger of Berlin has been charged with one count of first-degree Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death.

Mayer's office says on October 13th, police were called to the 100 block of Pine Avenue in Berlin Township for the report of a man needing medical attention. When they arrived, they found 31-year-old Sean Abronski of Berlin Township unresponsive. Abronski was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Camden County medical examiner later determined Abronski died of acute fentanyl intoxication and the manner of death was accidental.

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An investigation by detectives uncovered numerous text messages between Abronski and Mauger detailing heroin sales, including a sale on the night of Abronski’s death.

Mauger was charged on February 26th and taken into custody after being located at a vacant gas station.

In a statement, Mayer said, "The evidence in this case made it clear that Mauger was the only person who supplied the victim with the drugs that caused his death. Our investigation revealed that Abronski was with his family from the time he arrived home from work except for a 15-minute window where he met the defendant outside, and within hours he had died of an overdose. Our sympathies are with the victim’s family and it is our hope that the charges in this case will help prevent future overdose deaths."

Mauger was transported to the Camden County Correctional Facility where he is awaiting a detention hearing.

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