County Man Charged In Drug Overdose Death

Peter K. Paul. (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
Peter K. Paul. (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

TOMS RIVER – More charges were brought against a county resident in the drug overdose death of a Toms River man.

Peter Keith Paul turned himself in to Toms River Police Feb. 26 on charges of strict liability drug induced death, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

He had previously been charged Feb. 15 with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute and two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said.

Toms River Police found a 46-year-old unresponsive male in that man’s residence Jan. 26. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Toxicologists found Fentanyl in the man’s system, which was traced back to Paul.

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He is lodged at Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.