Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Trenton drug dealer has been sentenced to eight years in New Jersey state prison for the death of a Burlington Township customer who fatally overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin he sold to her in 2018.
Daquan Marshall, 30, who pled guilty in September to Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death (First Degree), must serve 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole. The sentence was handed down December 2 by the Hon. John J. Burke III, J.S.C.
Marshall had been lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly since his arrest in April 2019. He originally faced drug distribution charges, but the offense was upgraded after the victim died and the investigation traced the drugs back to him.
“Our Office, and our local law enforcement partners, will continue to make the prosecution of fatal overdoses as a first-degree crime a top priority throughout Burlington County,” Prosecutor Coffina said. “Drug dealers know that selling fentanyl can be deadly to any given customer from any given dose, and we intend to hold them accountable for their reckless conduct.”
The investigation began on October 30, 2018, when officers from the Burlington Township Police Department were dispatched to Central Avenue for a report of a possible overdose. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim in a bedroom with a hypodermic needle near her body.
The decedent, Alexandra Kohfeldt, 22, of Springfield, was transported to Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, where she died November 4 without ever having regained consciousness. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood determined her death was due to fentanyl toxicity.
The investigation was conducted by the Burlington Township Police Department, the BCPO Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force, and the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit.
Marshall was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Michael Angermeier, supervisor of the BCPO GGNTF.