Drug Dealers Could Face Manslaughter - My9 New Jersey

Drug Dealers Could Face Manslaughter

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Heroin use in the Garden State is an epidemic. Now one prosecutor is taking on the problem by not going after the drug users, but by going after the dealers.

Ocean County Prosecutor, Joe Coronato, has worked tirelessly to hold heroin dealers responsible for the deaths of their buyers.

His first case that resulted in a guilty manslaughter and heroin possession plea involved drug-dealer Kenneth Staunton.

In the case of Staunton, heroin stamps were used to help connect him to the victim. Apparently, wax paper that is used to hold heroin usually has a unique stamp on it. This stamp is basically the logo of the dealer.

Staunton stamped his heroin packages with the words “Il Capo”. This helped the prosecutor connect the heroin found with the victim back to Staunton, the dealer.

Coronato said that he’s not looking to fill the jails with users. He understands that heroin addiction is a disease. But when it comes to the dealers, he will not show kindness.

He described the dealer as a predator, preying on the victim. “What we’re doing here is holding people accountable for their action. What we’re really looking for is the predator. The drug dealer who is preying on the people who are addicted to heroin,” he said.

Staunton will face 8 years on the manslaughter charge and 4 years for the heroin possession charge.

According to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, 96 people have died this year from heroin overdoses. This is compared to 53 heroin overdose deaths in 2012.


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