Prosecutor: Atlantic City, NJ, Drug Dealer Indicted in Deadly Overdose
Officials say an Atlantic City drug dealer has been indicted for the death of a 37-year-old woman who fatally overdosed two years ago in Evesham Township on fentanyl-laced heroin he sold to her the day before she died.
According to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, a grand jury charged 30-year-old Kahlil Carpenter with first-degree strict liability for a drug-induced death and various three-degree drug-related crimes.
Coffina says an investigation began on December 14, 2019, when Evesham Township police were dispatched to Inverness Circle for a report of an unconscious and unresponsive woman. There, they found Holly Morris dead in her bed.
An autopsy determined she died from fentanyl toxicity, "with levels in her system five times greater than the amount necessary to cause death."
Cops say they were able to determine that Morris had met Carpenter in Lumberton Township the previous day to purchase the drugs.
An arraignment will be held soon in Superior Court. Carpenter is currently being held in the Burlington County Jail.
The public is reminded that an indictment is an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.