Chief Matthew P. Geist of the Middlesex Police Department announced an arrest in connection with the drug overdose death of a 32-year old Middlesex Borough resident.
Jessica A. Simmonds, 29, of Franklin Twp., Somerset, was arrested and charged with Strict Liability for a Drug Induced Death and for Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance for providing the Fentanyl that killed the 32- year old man. Strict Liability for a Drug Induced Death is a first-degree crime.
The victim was found deceased in his home in December, 2021. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be the result of the toxic effects of Fentanyl.
An investigation by Detective Daniel McCue of the Middlesex Borough Police Department, with assistance from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, revealed that the defendant sold the Fentanyl to the victim, which caused his death.
Simmonds was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending a detention hearing to be scheduled in Superior Court in New Brunswick.
The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Daniel McCue of the Middlesex Borough Police Department at (732) 356-1900 ext. 312.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against defendants are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact A/Lieutenant Chad Corner at (732) 356-1900 extension 330 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.