Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a rash of heroin overdoses overnight have law enforcement concerned about the safety of drug users coming into the city to purchase narcotics.
After midnight into the pre-dawn hours this morning, county police received reports of three people in Camden experiencing overdoses that appeared to be related to heroin use. All three survived. One of the victims, a 48-year-old Trenton man, appeared to have overdosed twice overnight. He was treated for one overdose at Cooper Hospital and then returned to the hospital a short while later after overdosing again. Another victim was a Barrington man and the third was a woman whose address was not available. She refused treatment.
In early May law enforcement saw six heroin-related overdoses, none of them fatal. Police are investigating whether these most recent overdoses are a result of the same brand of heroin or if this is a new batch of dangerously potent drugs.
While investigating the overdoses Camden County Police made three arrests in North Camden Friday morning. Shadid Fauntleroy, M/24, of the 500 block of Berkley Street, was charged with ??? after being found carrying cash and 17 bags of narcotics. Two other men, Ricky Laboy and Edwin Sanchez, were also charged with Loitering to Commit a Drug Offense, in the same area.
Investigators are working to determine whether any of these defendants were responsible for distributing drugs that led to the overdoses.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent unless and until found guilty in a court of law.