Ocean County nursing home resident sold heroin that led to overdose, police say

    Heroin from closed criminal cases at the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. (Tracey Samuelson/for NewsWorks)

    Heroin from closed criminal cases at the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. (Tracey Samuelson/for NewsWorks)

    A resident of an Ocean County nursing home resident sold heroin to a fellow occupant that later overdosed, police say.

    Walter Gibbs, 59, of Atlantic City is facing charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin) and possession of controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, the Stafford Township Police Department said in a release.

    Police were dispatched to the Manahawkin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Route 72 in Manahawkin for a reported overdose on Dec. 30.

    Arriving officers administered several doses of Narcan, an opioid antidote, to the female victim, who was later transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford. Police didn’t release her current condition.

    Investigators, who learned that a resident sold fentanyl/heroin to the victim, obtained a search warrant for Gibbs’ room on Dec. 31, ultimately finding approximately 20 glassine envelopes of the controlled dangerous substance, according to police.

    Gibbs was found to have several outstanding warrants from Atlantic City and later turned over the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department, police said.

    He’s scheduled to appear in an Ocean County court at a later date.

    Det. Jacob Conner was the investigating officer.

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