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Trenton, NJ, man sentenced to 7 years in fentanyl death in Ocean County

A Trenton man is headed to prison in connection with a fentanyl-related death in Ocean County late last year.

Ryan Thompson of Trenton, New Jersey, sentenced

According to prosecutors, Ryan Thompson, 35, was sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in connection with the Sept. 29, 2023, death of a 55-year-old man in Berkeley Township.

It was on that day that officers with the Berkeley Township Police Department searched a home on Torrey Pines Drive and found the body of a victim who had already died of an apparent drug overdose.

Torrey Pines Drive in Berkeley Township, New Jersey – Photo: Google Maps

Torrey Pines Drive in Berkeley Township, New Jersey – Photo: Google Maps

An investigation revealed that Thompson and his co-defendants, 38-year-old Michael Wormann of Toms River and 61-year-old Tina Martinez of Trenton, were involved in distributing fentanyl to the victim the day before.

On September 30, Wormann was charged and taken into custody, on October 17, Martinez was arrested, and on October 20, authorities arrested Thompson.

Continued police work confirmed the presence of fentanyl in the victim's body, resulting in his death, and all three were charged accordingly.

Last March, both Wormann and Martinez pleaded guilty to distribution of fentanyl and their sentencing is scheduled for next month. The state is recommending that each of them be sentenced to about a year in prison.

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