2 OCEAN COUNTY MEN CHARGED WITH STRICT LIABILITY HOMICIDE IN DRUG INDUCED DEATH OF GALLOWAY WOMAN


MAYS LANDING – Two Ocean County men have been arrested and charged for selling a fatal dose of Heroin/Fentanyl that resulted in the death of a 41 year-old Galloway Township woman, Atlantic County First Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

On Friday, January 10, 2020, members of the ACPO Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, with assistance from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department successfully located and arrested the Frank Vitalo, 46 and Anthony Wood, 34, in Little Egg Harbor Township, Ocean County. These arrests are in connection to the Drug Related Death of Christina Bicki that occurred in Galloway Township on March 19, 2019. It was determined through an investigation that Vitalo and Wood sold Bicki a fatal dose of heroin/Fentanyl.

Both men are charged with the following offenses:

  • 1 count of Possession of Heroin/Fentanyl-2C: 35-10a(1)  (3rd degree)
  • 1 count of Distribution of Heroin/Fentanyl-2C: 35-5b(3)  (3rd degree)
  • 1 count of Conspiracy to distribute Heroin/Fentanyl-2C: 5-2a(1)  (3rd degree)
  • 1 count of Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Deaths-2C:  39-9a (1st degree)
    Anthony Wood

    Frank Vitalo

On the morning of January 10, 2020, both men were located within Vitalo’s residence in Little Egg Harbor Township and taken into custody without incident.  Both men were transported to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office where they were both processed and transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility and lodged.

Assistant Prosecutor Allison Eiselen represents the state in the matter. A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday, January 16, 2020.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

 

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