Man sentenced in 3 fentanyl-laced crack cocaine deaths

July 9, 2019

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who distributed fentanyl-laced crack cocaine that killed three people on the same day has been sentenced to 13 years in state prison.

Union County prosecutors announced George Rayford’s sentencing Tuesday. The 39-year-old Rahway man had pleaded guilty in January to three counts of strict liability for a drug-induced death.

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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