New Jersey drug dealer pleads guilty to causing Pemberton, NJ man’s fatal overdose
The New Jersey drug dealer who caused the fatal overdose death of a Pemberton man, has plead guilty in Superior Court, according to a statement from Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.
Marvin Montoya, 35, of Trenton sold 23-year old Michael Williams fentanyl in August of 2020 that he later overdosed and died from at the home of a relative in Browns Mills.
Williams was found there by a relative after he didn't get up for work on the morning of August 11, 2020.
Police learned that Williams had gone to Trenton and bought the drugs from Montoya in the North Ward section of the city.
Soon thereafter, at a home in Browns Mills, Williams passed away.
The autopsy, performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood, officially rules that Williams died of fentanyl toxicity.
Montoya has now plead guilty to causing Williams' death after selling him the fentanyl.
As a result of an agreement with the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, Montoya, pled guilty to Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death (First Degree), in exchange for a 12-year sentence, which is scheduled to be handed down on March 11, 2022.
He is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Laura Heisman.
The investigation was conducted by the Pemberton Township Police investigated the overdose case along with the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit and the lead investigator was Pemberton Township Lt. Jay Watters, who has since been promoted to Chief of Police.