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Suspected Drug Dealer Charged in Ocean County Man's Death

Dealer is the latest to be charged by Ocean County prosecutor

Nicholas Ippolito
Nicholas Ippolito
An Ocean County man has been charged in the drug overdose death of a Brick Township man, authorities announced Friday.

Nicholas Ippolito, 22, of Point Pleasant Boro has been charged in the drug induced death of Joseph Piezzo, 35, who died in his home on Bristol Lane in Brick on Dec. 19, 2013, said Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, Brick Police Chief Nils R. Bergquist and Point Pleasant Borough Police Chief Lawrence R. Williams in a joint statement issued Friday afternoon.

Ippolito is suspected of providing Piezzo with the drugs that caused his death.

Brick Township Police officers, observing signs of a drug overdose after they arrived at Piezzo's home, immediately contacted the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Unit to respond, now a standard procedure in all overdose deaths, according to the prosecutor's office.

The ensuing intensive investigation would ultimately lead back to Ippolito and link him to Piezzo’s overdose death, authorities said.

An autopsy performed Dec. 20, 2013 confirmed Piezzo's death was caused by a negative reaction to prescription and street drugs. Prosecutors say an additional key piece of evidence in the case was recovered Jan. 24.

Ippolito is charged with first degree drug induced death and second degree manslaughter.  He was served his complaint summons just after 2 p.m. Friday in the Ocean County Jail, where he has been incarcerated since Feb. 9 on a parole violation. 

According to jail records, Ippolito is also facing charges of burglary and obstruction.

Ippolito's bail on the most recent charges has been set at $200,000 cash.

Justice for all March 10, 2014 at 03:53 PM
I'm sick and tired of people saying lock them up 4 ever. , we lost the war on drugs. And to tell you the truth a lot of countries in Asia you get caught with drugs you get executed but they still do it. And if you read it was a poly drug prescription pills with heroine. Why they don't lock up the doctors too. Smh
Mama March 11, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Bayway Mike, I know drug dealers don't use. Marynary, I never said drug dealers should be ignored, point that out to me in my post. U must of mixed me with with someone else who gives a damn.
Marynary March 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM
"Do you really think the drug dealer is going to think twice about selling to an addict because he might overdose? No he's not!! When you get into your car to go out somewhere do you say "Oh, maybe someone will hit me head-on and I'll get killed, maybe I should stay home." Is that gonna stop you from driving? Of course not. Drug dealers only think about the money and having a life-time customer. " Then what was the point of your post? Sure looks like you were saying nothing will work.
jerseytomato March 13, 2014 at 06:15 PM
Let Nicolas be a lesson to other young people who are considering a similar career move. Make an example out of him.
Caitlin VanPelt March 19, 2014 at 04:36 PM
He should be charged to the fullest extent of the law. As someone previously stated, if the ramifications were a murder charge, some real serious jail time, and maybe they would think twice before selling heroin. Like jerseytomato said " make an example out of him.


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