Paterson Drug Dealer Charged for Riverdale Overdose Death

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RIVERDALE – Press Release – Morris County Acting Prosecutor Robert Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, and Borough of Riverdale Police Chief Kevin Smith announce the filing of a first degree Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death charge against Quamaine T. King, age 31, with a last known address in Paterson, New Jersey.

The charge arises from a fatal drug overdose which occurred in Riverdale, New Jersey on January 10, 2021. For further details, see press release: https://www.morriscountynj.gov/…/First-Degree-Charge… Multiple law enforcement agencies contributed to this investigation, including the Borough of Riverdale Police Department, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit and Major Crimes Unit.

Acting Prosecutor Carroll specifically commended Supervising Assistant Prosecutors Chris Schellhorn and Brad Seabury, in addition to Assistant Prosecutor Tara Wang, Captain Jan Monrad, Sergeant Michael Gomez, and Detective Jason Gould.

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Acting Prosecutor Carroll said, “Each day we are losing entirely too many members of our community to drug overdoses, and drug-related deaths have only increased due to the multi-faceted challenges posed by COVID-19. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County Chiefs of Police Association members are resolute in our commitment to investigating and enforcing applicable state law, which calls for prosecuting distributors, whose sales lead to drug-related deaths, as first-degree offenders.

“We will investigate each and every overdose death and target the dealer of these deadly poisons. Distributors who prey upon the addicted will be held responsible – for both their drug distribution offense AND the unacceptable loss of life that all too often results.”

“It is essential that the community is aware of the law and support our resolve to enforce it in order to protect the citizens of Morris County. Let this be a warning to drug dealers that they are taking an enormous risk with every fold of heroin they distribute.”

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