MAN INDICTED ON DRUG-INDUCED DEATH CHARGE FOR SELLING LETHAL DOSE OF FENTANYL TO OVERDOSE VICTIM


MAYS LANDING- An Atlantic County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against an Egg Harbor Township man in connection to the drug-induced death of a 33 year-old man in February, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

Noel Castillo

On Aug. 10, 2021, Noel Castillo, 32, was indicted on the following charges:

  • Strict Liability for a Drug Induced Death, first-degree
  • Possession of CDS, third-degree
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS, third-degree
  • Distribution of CDS, third-degree
  • Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity, third-degree
  • Endangering Child Welfare, second-degree

On February 18, 2021, officers of the Egg Harbor Township Police Department responded to a residential address for a report of an unresponsive male.  Upon arrival, police officers located the victim, 33 year-old Jeffrey Schneider of Egg Harbor Township, who was deceased.  The joint investigation of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit and the Egg Harbor Township Police Department determined that Schneider ingested a lethal dose of fentanyl which he purchased from Castillo.  On February 25, 2021, Noel Castillo was arrested at his home in Egg Harbor Township without incident. Castillo is lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

Atlantic County 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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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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