3 ATLANTIC CITY MEN INDICTED FOR 2 STRICT LIABILITY DRUG INDUCED DEATHS IN CONNECTION TO 2017 FATAL OVERDOSES


MAYS LANDING –Three Atlantic City men were arrested after an Atlantic County Grand Jury issued indictments on two counts of first degree Strict Liability Drug Induced Death and multiple charges of possession and distribution of heroin and fentanyl, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

Romeo Ramone, 57, Christopher Garrett, 54, and William Johnson, 55, were taken into custody on Thursday and were charged with first degree Strict Liability Homicide Drug Induced Death, in connection to the May 2, 2017, overdose deaths of Sealeamyhun Tesdaye, 40, of Atlantic City, and Gabriel Morales-Vega, 32, of Hammonton.

An investigation determined that a fatal combination of heroin and fentanyl was distributed to the deceased by Ramone, Garrett, and Johnson.  In addition to the first-degree strict liability homicide charges, Ramone is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute in a Public Zone, Garrett is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute in a Public and School Zone, and Johnson is charged with Distribution in a Public and School Zone. Ramone, Garrett and Johnson are being held at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.  A first appearance is scheduled for today at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2 at the Mays Landing Criminal Courthouse. A detention hearing will take place next week.

Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey represents the State in the matter.

***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. ***

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 https://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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