SOMERVILLE, NJ (Somerset County) – A Middlesex County man has been indicted for causing the drug overdose death of a 37-year-old Bedminster woman in January, 2020, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.
Lashawn D. Boyd, 25, of New Brunswick was indicted for first-degree strict liability for drug induced death, and four counts of third-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. He is alleged to have distributed cocaine, fentanyl, 4-ANPP, and tramadol. On September 23, 2020 Boyd was arrested and charged by authorities at the Somerset County Prosecutors Office without incident, Robertson said.
On January 20, 2020 at around 6:01 a.m., Bedminster Township police and EMS responded to a home on Lamington Road for a 37-year-old Bedminster woman was believed to be suffering a heart attack. She was transported to an area hospital, where she subsequently died at 5:37 p.m., Robertson said.
The investigation determined that she passed away from a suspected drug overdose, and a quantity of 22 packets of suspected CDS were later recovered from her belongings. The suspected CDS was tested at the New Jersey State Laboratory and the analysis revealed the content of the packet was comprised of fentanyl, 4-ANPP, and tramadol. The fentanyl is a Schedule II narcotic drug, 4-ANPP a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance, and tramadol is a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance, Robertson said.
An autopsy performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the woman died from combined adverse effects of cocaine, fentanyl and sertraline, Robertson said.
The police investigation revealed before her death, the woman made arrangements to meet Boyd for a suspected drug transaction between January 16, 2020 and January 19, 2020. Further investigation revealed that the female and Boyd were in the same location on January 19, 2020 for a brief period of time, Robertson said.
The case was presented to the Grand Jury on May 19, 2021 by Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Frank Kolodzieski, Robertson said.
Boyd remains lodged in the Somerset County Jail after being ordered detained under an Order of Pretrial Detention. The first degree charge can carry up to twenty years in prison with 85% to be served without parole. The third degree charges carry a maximum of five years in state prison with 2 ½ years without parole.
Anyone with information relating to this drug induced death investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Bedminster Township Police Department at 908-234-0585 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.