Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina says a 54-year-old Mount Holly drug dealer will be spending the next 11 years in state prison for causing the death of one of her customers.

Linda Naulty pleaded guilty back in November to first-degree strict liability for drug-induced death and a third-degree drug charge.

The sentence was handed down on Friday in Superior Court in Mount Holly.

Authorities say an investigation began on February 8, 2021, when Lumberton Township police officers were called to the 500 block of Main Street in Lumberton for a report of an unconscious adult man. At the scene, they found 29-year-old Paul Cronrath, IV, who had fatally overdosed in his bedroom.

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Within a few hours, investigators identified Naulty as the source of the drugs and charged her with possessing and planning to sell illegal narcotics. When taken into custody, she had multiple doses of fentanyl and nearly $1,400 in cash in her possession.

The charges were upgraded after it was determined that the drugs found in Cronrath’s bedroom were identical to the ones found on Naulty’s when she was arrested.

Coffina said in a statement, "I commend the Lumberton and BCPO officers and detectives for the prompt and efficient investigation that led to the substantial sentence for the defendant in this case."

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