Local Man Indicted For Drug Overdose Death

William Anderson (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

  TOMS RIVER – A 57-year-old man has been indicted on multiple charges for supplying drugs to a man which he overdosed on, officials said.

  William Anderson, 57, of Browns Mills, was indicted on charges of Strict Liability Drug Induced Death, Distribution of Cocaine, Distribution of Fentanyl, Possession of less than One-Half Ounce of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of less than One Ounce of Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute less than One-Half Ounce of Cocaine and Conspiracy to Distribute less than One Ounce of Fentanyl.

  The incident occurred on February 28, 2019 at the Pelican Inn. The 29-year-old victim was unresponsive. EMS were able to establish a pulse and he was brought to Community Medical Center in Toms River, where he died on March 2, 2019. 

  Police said that their investigation revealed that Anderson had supplied heroin and cocaine to a third party on February 27, 2019, which was later given to the victim. 


  Toxicology analysis confirmed the presence of cocaine and fentanyl in the victim’s system. It was determined through laboratory analysis that the drugs supplied to the victim and distributed by Anderson were cocaine and fentanyl and matched the cocaine and fentanyl found in the victim’s system, officials said.

  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer acknowledged the efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Juan who presented the case to the Grand Jury on behalf of the State, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department, Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, and Pemberton Township Police Department, for their combined and collective efforts in connection with this investigation resulting in Anderson’s indictment.

  The charges referenced are merely accusations and the public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.