Prison for poison: dealer goes to jail for fatal OD

An Elizabeth man was sentenced to state prison Friday for his role in a drug-induced death in connection with a Jan. 27 overdose in Flemington.

Richard Deo, 37, of Elizabeth, was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with first-degree strict liability for a fatal overdose .

Deo was also charged with two counts of third-degree conspiracy to distribute heroin; two counts of third-degree distribution of heroin; and one count of third-degree possession of cocaine.

The charges followed a joint investigation by Kearns’ Narcotics Task Force and Major Crimes Unit and Flemington police.

Deo was charged, on Feb. 2, with two counts of third-degree conspiracy to distribute heroin; two counts of third-degree distribution of heroin; and third-degree possession of cocaine. He has been held in the Somerset County Jail since then.

Also charged was Nicole Warren, 36, of Metuchen. She faces two counts of third-degree conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Deo was sentenced today by Judge Angela Borkowski to serve an eight-year sentence, according to a press release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III. Deo, will be subject to five years of parole upon release, Kearns said.

“We will continue to use all resources available to seek out and prosecute those who deal or distribute drugs in Hunterdon,” Kearns said in a statement. “We have witnessed too many deaths and too much pain caused by the terrible drug epidemic that has swept this country.”

 


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