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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Atlantic City, New Jersey, Woman Charged with Drug Distribution Resulting in Death

NEWARK, N.J. – An Atlantic City, New Jersey, woman appeared in federal court today on charges including drug distribution that resulted in a death, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Rajeri Curry, 30, is charged by federal complaint with one count of possession with the intent to distribute heroin and one count of distribution of heroin and fentanyl that resulted in a death. Curry had an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III in Newark federal court and was detained without bail.

According to documents filed in this case:

On June 1, 2018, Curry distributed a substance containing heroin and fentanyl to an individual who died as a result of using the substance. Law enforcement found the deceased victim inside a vehicle in the parking lot of an Atlantic City, New Jersey, restaurant. Inside the victim’s vehicle were multiple wax folds that contained heroin and fentanyl and were stamped with the words “BODY COUNT.” Shortly before the victim’s death, surveillance footage captured Curry distributing narcotics to the 30-year-old victim. 

Curry is also charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin arising from the execution of a search warrant at her residence. 

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the DEA’s Newark Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson, officers from the Atlantic City Police Department, under the direction of Chief Henry M. White Jr., and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Damon G. Tyner, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The drug distribution resulting in death charge carries a maximum punishment of life in prison and a fine of $1 million. 

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and Curry is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Catherine R. Murphy and Heather Suchorsky of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Press Release Number: 
19-069
Updated March 14, 2019