ATLANTIC CITY— An Atlantic City man is charged with 2 counts of Strict Liability Homicide and multiple narcotics offenses in connection to the drug related deaths of two men from the United Kingdom in March 2020, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Tyrell Gist, 24, was taken into custody by the ACPO Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit following an extensive drug related death investigation of the overdose deaths of Scott P. Jordon, 43, and Simon Gamble, 40, both of the United Kingdom.
“I want to commend Detective Kayla Dodge and Assistant Prosecutor Allison Eiselen for their steadfast pursuit of justice in this matter. The families of the victims in this matter deserved answers and through our efforts, we are able to provide them with some measure of closure. On several occasions during my administration, we have put drug dealers on notice that if they sell drugs which cause the death of people, they will be prosecuted for drug induced death, which carries a minimum of ten years in state prison,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.
On March 8, 2020, ACPO Detective Kayla Dodge responded to Bally’s Casino room 3241 upon notification of two drug related deaths. Upon arrival at the room Jordan and Gamble were located inside and were deceased. As the investigation into these two drug related deaths continued and based on surveillance video obtained from the Bally’s Casino, Gist was immediately identified as a suspect. Further investigation and lab analysis of the CDS from toxicology reports as well as CDS that was seized from the room of the victims and also from Gist, ultimately resulted in charges against him in connection to the homicides.
Gist is charged with the following offenses:
- 2 Counts of 1st degree Strict Liability Homicide, Drug Related Death
- 1 Count of 2nd degree Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance within 500 Feet of a public park,
- 1 Count of 3rd degree Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
- 1 Count of 3rd degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
Atlantic City Police Lt. Andrew Leonard assisted in this investigation. Assistant Prosecutor Allison Eiselen represents the state in this 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. ***
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