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Rockaway Twp. woman sentenced to prison in fatal drug overdose

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Natalia Zyga, 30, of Rockaway Township was sentenced Thursday to five years in New Jersey state prison in connection with the fatal drug overdoes of Sash Truesdal in Rockaway Borough, according to Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

The investigation stems from a November 23, 2018 report of a female who was unconscious and not breathing. The female, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, was identified as Sasha Truesdale, Kanpp said.

The investigation would reveal that Truesdale was the victim of a fatal drug overdose, Knapp said.

In pleading guilty, Zyga admitted that she distributed heroin and fentanyl to Truesdale and that her ingestion of that heroin and fentanyl resulted in her death, Knapp said.

Zyga pled guilty to strict liability for drug-induced death. This statute provides that any person who manufactures, distributes or dispenses any of a number of controlled dangerous substances is strictly liable for a death that results from the injection, inhalation, or ingestion of that substance, Knapp said.

Rockaway Borough Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Special Enforcement Unit, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office assisted with the investigation.

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