Plea deal will send Edison man to prison for role in drug-inducted death

NEW BRUNSWICK — A resident of Edison is facing eight years in prison for providing the drugs that caused the death of an Edison man in 2016.

Emile “Oatmeal” Constable Jr., 25, has pleaded guilty to one count of first degree strict liability for drug induced death for providing the combination of heroin and fentanyl that killed a 23-year-old Edison man on Feb. 24, 2016, according to a statement provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Constable also pleaded guilty to one count of third degree possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance – a combination of heroin and fentanyl – in connection with an incident on Feb. 25, 2016.

Constable will be sentenced to a prison term of eight years for the strict liability drug-induced death of the Edison man under the terms of a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Bina Desai and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Alexandra Papalia, according to the statement.

The sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act and Constable will have to serve 85 percent of his prison term before he becomes eligible for parole.

In addition, Constable will be sentenced to a three-year prison term for possession with intent to sell the combination of heroin and fentanyl. That term will run concurrent to the eight-year sentence, according to the prosecutor.

The remaining charges of third degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, third degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and two counts of hindering apprehension were dismissed pursuant to the plea agreement.

Constable is scheduled to be sentenced in state Superior Court, New Brunswick, by Judge Pedro Jimenez Jr. on April 27.

An investigation by Edison Police Sgt. Theodore Hamer and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Constable sold 10 bags of drugs to the Edison man, who subsequently died on Feb. 24, 2016, after ingesting the combination of fentanyl and heroin.