Prosecutor Secures 24-Count Indictment In Drug Death

Michael M. Tiedemann. (Photo courtesy OCPO)
Michael M. Tiedemann. (Photo courtesy OCPO)

TOMS RIVER – Three Ocean County residents have been indicted for the strict-liability drug-induced death that happened Jan. 12.

Curtis M. Geathers, 33, of Barnegat, Michael M. Tiedmann, 45, of Toms River, and Tiffany R. Coger, 35, of Seaside Heights are charged with one count each of strict liability drug-induced death as well as numerous counts of possessing and distributing heroin and fentanyl.

Tiffany R. Coger. (Photo courtesy OCPO)
Tiffany R. Coger. (Photo courtesy OCPO)

Geathers was also charged with possessing Methamphetamine. He is being lodged in Ocean County Jail.

Tiedmann and Coger also faces cocaine possession and distribution charges. An indictment warrant was issued for their arrests.

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The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office did not hold a fourth person, Darnell D. Williams, 36, of Jackson, criminally responsible for the drug death, but charged him with several counts of distributing and possessing cocaine. He is in Ocean County Jail.

Curtis M. Geathers. (Photo courtesy OCPO)
Curtis M. Geathers. (Photo courtesy OCPO)

A multi-agency effort lead to the indictments, after authorities determined that Geathers distributed a quantity of wax folds of heroin and fentanyl to Coger and Tiedmann. He then distributed those folds to the unnamed victim on Jan. 9, who was found unresponsive by family Jan. 10 and declared dead two days later.

Darnell D. Williams.
Darnell D. Williams. (Photo courtesy OCPO)