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Lacey man charged in drug death of 35-year-old woman he sold fentanyl to

Lacey man charged in drug death of 35-year-old woman he sold fentanyl to

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Jehmar Barrett, 34, of Lacey has been charged with strict liability drug death in connection with the fatal overdose of a 35-year-old woman in Toms River

Jehmar Barrett, 34, of Lacey has been charged with strict liability drug death in connection with the fatal overdose of a 35-year-old woman in Toms River

A Lacey Township man who sold a 35-year-old woman fentanyl in November that ended up killing her has been charged in her death, authorities said.

Jehmar Barrett, 34, drew a charge of strict liability drug induced death Friday on top of earlier charges in the case.

The woman died in Toms River on Nov. 24, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a release.

Police that day went to an Alabama Avenue home on the report of an unresponsive female. Officers found the woman had died of an apparent drug overdose, Billhimer said.

County and Toms River detectives discovered that Barrett sold the victim heroin and cocaine the day before, Billhimer said. Barrett was initially charged then with various drug offenses and eluding.

After more investigation and a toxicology test, the prosecutor’s office confirmed the woman had fentanyl in her system. Further lab analysis showed that the fentanyl Barrett sold the woman matched that fentanyl, Billhimer said.

The Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office determined it was the fentanyl that killed the woman, Billhimer said.

Barrett surrendered himself to the Toms River Police Department on Friday.

He remains held at Ocean County Jail in Toms River pending a detention hearing.

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