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Men Accused of Supplying Lethal Dose of Heroin Plead Not Guilty, Report Says

Two are charged with manslaughter and other charges connected to the overdose death of an Allendale 22-year-old earlier this year, report says.

Volpe and Easton. Credit: BCPO.
Volpe and Easton. Credit: BCPO.

Two men from Paterson who are accused of providing a lethal dose of heroin to an Allendale man that died earlier this year pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and liability for a drug-induced death, NorthJersey.com reported.

The latter charge is one that targets drug dealers as killers if prosecutors can prove that the drugs they provided killed overdose victims, the report said.

According to the report, lawyers for Timothy Volpe, 20, and Kaleik Easton, 19, entered their pleas at an arraignment in Hackensack Monday.

The two are accused of providing Brendan Cole, 22, who died of a heroin overdose in his parents' Allendale home in January, with the drugs that killed him, the report said. They are set to appear in court next on Sept. 8, after their attorneys will have had the opportunity to discuss a potential plea deal, the report said. 

Details on a possible deal have not yet been decided, a Superior Court Judge told NorthJersey.com. 

John Santaella June 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM
I'm not defending drug use or dealers but let me get this straight. These two 'dealers', or users who want to pay for their own habit, went to Allendale and induced some guy to buy drugs? As the Steppenwolf song says: 'God damn the pusher man' but this is pushing the envelope much.
shimon baum June 24, 2014 at 08:09 PM
My sentiments exactly John. If they are drug dealers they aren't boys scouts. But they didn't put a gun to the drug user.
Andy Schmidt June 25, 2014 at 08:00 AM
I do get the argument of decriminalizing personal use - but at the same time, I'm in favor of anything that gets ANY dealers (for any reason) out of circulation for years or even decades. Let them be held responsible for enabling those who are beyond being able to make rational decisions, or getting those hooked who had not been yet. And because they readily and knowingly DO accept third-party death as the possible eventual outcome of their actions, then let them be held responsible for that crime.

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