Atlantic County Drug Dealer Sentenced for Selling Deadly Dose of Fentanyl Laced Heroin

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GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ – A suspected Galloway Township drug dealer who sold a deadly dose of fentanyl-laced heroin has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Brian Whitted, 56 was sentenced Tuesday in connection to the 2018 fatal overdose of 59-year-old Anthony Tamburelli, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill said Thursday.

“Whitted was sentenced before Judge Bernard DeLury in accordance with the terms of the plea agreement on the following charges: 10 years No Early Release Act (NERA) for the Strict Liability for the Drug Induced Death of Tamburelli; 10 years for Conspiracy to Distribute and five years for the Distribution of Heroin Fentanyl – all to run concurrent for an aggregate sentence of 10 years NERA,” Shill said. “In March 2022, Brian Whitted, 56, pleaded guilty to first-degree Strict Liability for Drug Induced Death, second-degree Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin with co-defendant Emery Chapman, and second degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin. The plea calls for a sentence of 10 years in New Jersey state prison, subject to the No Early Release Act.”

According to police reports, on Monday, December 17, 2018, officers of the Galloway Township Police Department located Tamburelli, deceased in his residence, from a drug overdose. A police investigation revealed that Whitted and Chapman conspired to distribute a heroin and sold Tamburelli the a fatal combination of heroin and fentanyl.

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