MAYS LANDING — An Atlantic County grand jury has indicted a Mays Landing man on three strict-liability homicide for drug-related death charges in addition to drug and weapons charges, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.
George Stokes, 41, is accused in the deaths of Hector Santos, on March 19 in Atlantic City; William Ang Jr., on June 2 in Somers Point; and Caroline Boothby on Aug. 2, 2017 in Margate, according to a statement from the Prosecutor's Office.
All three died in their homes.
After months of investigation, officials concluded the fatal drugs in each case were distributed by Stokes as part of an operation he led in Atlantic City throughout 2017, according to the Prosecutor's Office. Stokes maintained multiple CDS manufacturing premises in Atlantic City and Hamilton Township, the statement said.
Stokes employed as many as 10 individuals in his operation, some of whom were also charged in distributing the fatal drugs, according to the statement.
On Feb. 1, Stokes was indicted on 29 charges, including first-degree leader of a narcotics trafficking network, three counts of first-degree drug-induced death and six counts of third-degree possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, fentanyl.
Stokes was also charged with five counts of third-degree possession with intent to distribute fentanyl within 1,000 feet of school property, two counts of third-degree possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of school property, three counts of third-degree conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, two counts of third-degree conspiracy to distribute fentanyl within 1,000 feet of school property, second-degree distribution of fentanyl within 500 feet of a public building, four counts of first-degree operation a drug manufacturing facility, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon without a permit and second-degree certain persons not to have a weapon.
Individual investigations into all three drug-related deaths were undertaken by the prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit.
The criminal charge of leader of a narcotics trafficking network carries a presumptive sentence of life in prison and the counts for strict-liability homicide for drug-induced death each carry a maximum of 20 years under the No Early Release Act, according to the statement.
The state has moved to detain Stokes on the charges pending trial, according to the Prosecutor's Office.