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Heroin Dealer Sentenced in Death of Lacey Man

More than 7 years in jail for Lacey heroin pusher

Kenneth Staunton (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
Kenneth Staunton (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
An admitted heroin dealer will spend seven and a half years in jail in connection with the death of a Lacey resident.

Kenneth Staunton, 33, of Lacey, was sentenced in an Ocean County court room on Friday for his role in the Jan. 16, 2013 overdose death of fellow Lacey resident Raymond Farino.

Staunton pleaded guilty in November to a manslaughter charge in November.

Police had been investigating Staunton since Jan. 6, 2013, ten days before Farino's death, authorities said.

"At that time detectives were actively building intelligence on Staunton’s area of operation, clients, and his stamped product," said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. "This would all prove significant in linking Staunton to Raymond Farino’s overdose death."

Around 2 p.m. Jan. 16, Lacey police were called to 23-year-old Farino's home in the township's Forked River section, where he found on the floor of his dining room after overdosing on heroin. Farino was not breathing at the time and had no pulse, Della Fave said, and despite efforts by paramedics to revive him using CPR, he was eventually declared dead at Community Medical Center in Toms River.

During the course of the investigation, said Della Fave, detectives located several wax paper folds containing white powder and stamped “IL CAPO” in green letters on Farino’s person. The “IL CAPO” stamped product and additional investigative evidence provided a direct link to Staunton as the dealer who supplied Farino.

Since taking office last year, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato has been utilizing a state statute that allows prosecutors to hold drug dealers responsible for their deaths of their customers.

According to Della Fave, 112 overdose deaths were investigated in 2013, compared with 53 in 2012.
The Peoples Champ January 15, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Robert Yates, Kenny is the one who PLEAD GUILTY to manslaughter. Why would ANYONE plead guilty if they were innocent? He did not put a gun to this guy's head and shoot. However, who knows what he really sold this guy? Maybe it was a mixture of all sorts of POISONOUS CRAP!
Robert Yates January 15, 2014 at 02:26 PM
@The Peoples Champ: that is a good point. If the drug was tainted, then he should be held responsible in the same way that a car manufacturer should be held responsible if they sell a car with bad breaks. I guess I am assuming that this was not the case, but it is a good point. This situation is a bit different insofar as ingesting drugs is already a pretty hazardous endeavor, but I see your point. I honestly can not tell you why he plead guilty. Maybe he felt guilty and figured he deserved jail. Maybe he saw it as an opportunity to get clean. Maybe he did not have enough money to get a good lawyer. Maybe he was coerced by the police and prosecutors. There are a ton of possible reasons which I am sure I do not know. In any event, my argument is more legal than it is moral.
Renee January 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM
LSR476 is obviously uneducated when it comes to addiction and the vicious cycle that consumes ppls lives. Krissy that person isn't worth wasting your time arguing with. Let's just hope this doesn't happen to a member in their family cus then LSR476 with regret their words...
Renee January 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM
And are ppl blind to the fact that Kenny wasn't and isn't the only drug dealer/addict in town. There are many more so what do you suggest...keeping your kids n family sheltered from all of society??????
LSR476 January 25, 2014 at 01:02 AM
Renee you are an idiot. Good luck with that lol

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