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18-Year-Old Ocean County, N.J. Man Dead From Tainted 'Hello Kitty' Heroin

Wax folds stamped with "Hello Kitty" character found to contain Fentanyl and other toxic elements, prosecutor says

by Patricia A. Miller

A 18-year-old was unconscious and unresponsive when police responded to a 911 call.

Soon after, at 10 a.m. on June 21, he was dead.

Several wax folds stamped with the "Hello Kitty" character were found by his side in his Manahawkin, N.J. home, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said.

Now law enforcement officials fear that tainted heroin might be being sold in Ocean County, and perhaps elsewhere throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Coronato said the white powdery substance in the "Hello Kitty" wax folds found at the scene was tested by the Ocean County Sheriff's Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit and was found to be almost entirely composed of Fentanyl, with an undetermined cutting agent.

The young man was pronounced dead via telemetry at 10:13am by Dr. Ariyapraki from Newark Beth Israel Hospital. Coronato said his death may have been caused by a batch of heroin that included toxic elements that would be fatal without medical attention.

Anyone with information regarding individuals selling the “Hello Kitty Character" heroin stamp or with information on possible dealers should contact:  the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Operations Group at (732) 929-2027 ext. 3235.





Renee June 28, 2014 at 07:54 PM
I truly hope these are facts that some of you are stating regarding the mothers boyfriend, if it's not that is beyond wrong. The mother is already going through enough losing her child, her 1st born. And if they were all doing the drug together why is it only this young man died from it when it was all tainted. I hope the truth comes out. May this young man rest peacefully n his family find strength n comfort during this sad n tragic time. From what I've heard this young man could've had a bright future ahead of him, he was very talented. It's a shame how many young kids are going down this terrible dead end path. It scares the crap out of me n makes me want to lock my kids in the home with me
Jersey Born June 28, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Renee hopefully all the true facts will come out! If u know Trisha Like i do...I do not need to say more yes she is going through a lot. But this was preventable, as a Mother you don't put your child in that position knowing that her current boyfriend is a User and enabler, especially when your son is battling a problem!
Cuddlefish June 29, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I am sorry for the family. Your loss can not be put into words. Find other survivors, it will help in time.
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