Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on June 13, 2022, Dandre Tubbs, 33, of Manchester, pled guilty before the Honorable Lisa A. Puglisi, J.S.C., to Manslaughter in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-4b, as well as Distribution of Fentanyl in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(5), in connection with the death of a 35 year-old male in Manchester on August 16, 2021. At the time of his sentencing on August 5, 2022, the State will be recommending a term of seven years New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) as to the Manslaughter charge – subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act, N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.2, and seven years NJSP as to the Distribution of Fentanyl charge. Tubbs also pled guilty to an unrelated charge of Possession of Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(5), for which the State will be recommending a term of four years NJSP. The sentences are to run concurrently.
On August 16, 2021, Officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to a residence for a report of an unresponsive 35 year-old male. Upon arrival, the Officers discovered that the male was already deceased from an apparent drug overdose.
A subsequent investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Manchester Township Police Department Detective Bureau determined that Tubbs supplied fentanyl to the victim on August 15, 2021. A toxicology report confirmed the presence of fentanyl in the victim’s system. Based upon this toxicology analysis, the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the fentanyl found in the victim’s system were the cause of his death.
On August 19, 2021, Tubbs was arrested by Officers of the Manchester Township Police Department during a motor vehicle stop. He has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since the date of his arrest.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Senior Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman and Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni who are handling the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Manchester Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team, Manchester Township Police Department K-9 Unit, Manchester Township Police Department Patrol Division, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, for their combined and collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation, leading to Tubbs’ guilty pleas and soon his state prison sentence.