Edison man plead guilty in drug-related death

An Edison man has pleaded guilty last week for providing drugs that caused the death of a 23-year old township man.

Emile “Oatmeal” Constable Jr., 25, of Edison pleaded guilty to one count of first degree strict liability for drug induced death for providing the combination of heroin and fentanyl, on February 24, 2016, that killed a 23-year old Edison man.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of third degree possession with intent to distribute, on February 25, 2016, a controlled dangerous substance, to wit a combination of heroin and fentanyl.

Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Bina Desai and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Alexandra Papalia on January 23, 2018, Constable will be sentenced to a prison term of 8 years, for the strict liability drug induced death of an Edison man.

This term is subject to the No Early Release Act. As such, the defendant will have to serve 85 percent of his prison term before becoming eligible for parole.

In addition, Constable will be sentenced to a 3 year prison term for possession with intent to sell the combination of heroin and fentanyl, which will run concurrent to the 8 year sentence, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said.

The remaining charges of third degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, third degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and two counts of hindering were dismissed pursuant to the plea agreement.

Constable is scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez, Jr. on April 27, 2018.

The defendant was arrested and charged following an investigation by Sgt. Theodore Hamer of the Edison Police Department and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation determined that Constable sold 10 bags of drugs to to 23-year-old Aniq Ali, who subsequently died on February 24, 2016 after ingesting the combination of fentanyl and heroin.

Deaths from drug overdoses likely topped 2,000 in 2016, killing more people than guns, car accidents and suicides combined

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