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    Man pleads guilty in 3 fentanyl-laced crack cocaine deaths

    January 29, 2019

    ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A man who allegedly distributed fentanyl-laced crack cocaine that killed three people and sent numerous others to the hospital on a single day has admitted his role in the deaths.

    Union County prosecutors say George Rayford pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of strict liability for a drug-induced death. They will recommend the 39-year-old Rahway man receive a 13-year state prison term when he’s sentenced March 15.

    Authorities say Rayford distributed the deadly quantities of drugs from his home on Dec. 22, 2017. They say two women and a man died that day after overdosing, while an unknown number of others were treated at hospitals following overdoses.

    Rayford was arrested in February 2018. Three months later, a Union County grand jury handed up a 13-count indictment against him.

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