Lakewood Man Indicted In Brick Woman’s Overdose Death: Report

The man is accused of selling the heroin-Fentanyl mixture that led to the woman’s death in 2014, according to the report. Shared from the Brick, NJ Patch By KAREN WALL (Patch Staff) –  May 17, 2016 1:29 pm ET

BRICK, NJ — A Lakewood man has been indicted on charges he sold heroin mixed with Fentanyl to a Brick Township woman that led to her overdose death in 2014, according to a report.


The Asbury Park Press reported James Straniero, 41, was indicted last week by an Ocean County grand jury in connection with the death of Amy Ryskamp on Aug. 9, 2014. Ryskamp, 29, was found unresponsive in her home about 3:30 p.m. that day and was pronounced dead shortly after 4 p.m., the report said.


Ryskamp was an acquaintance of Straniero, the Press report said. Straniero is charged in the indictment with possession of heroin and Fentanyl; possession of heroin and Fentanyl with intent to distribute; distribution of heroin and Fentanyl; and distributing heroin and Fentanyl to Ryskamp who died as a result.


Since 2014, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato has prosecuted at least 20 people under the New Jersey’s strict liability law, which allows law enforcement to hold a drug dealer responsible for a person’s overdose death if it can be proven they supplied the fatal dose. Straniero is being held at the Ocean County Jail, Toms River, in lieu of $150,000 bail, according to jail records. He faces additional charges in an unrelated case, according to the Asbury Park Press report.

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