Edison man sentenced in drug-related death

A 24-year-old man from Edison has been sentenced to serve eight years in a New Jersey state prison for providing drugs that caused the death of a 23-year old township man.

Emile “Oatmeal” Constable Jr. was sentenced on May 11 in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez Jr., for strict liability death by providing the drugs that killed a 23-year-old Edison man on Feb. 24, 2016, according to information provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Constable pleaded guilty on Jan. 23 to one count of first degree strict liability for drug induced death for providing the combination of heroin and fentanyl, which killed the man. He also pleaded guilty to one count of third degree possession with intent to distribute, on Feb. 25, 2016, a controlled dangerous substance, a combination of heroin and fentanyl.

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

The prison term is subject to the No Early Release Act. As such, the defendant will have to serve 85 percent of his prison term before becoming eligible for parole.

In addition, Constable was sentenced to a three year prison term for possession of heroin with intent to sell, which is to run concurrent to the eight year prison sentence, according to the statement.

Despite the fact that Constable showed up late for court on May 11, and over the objection of the assistant prosecutor, the defendant was allowed to remain free until June 8 when he will begin his term of incarceration, according to the statement.