Dealer Caused Fatal OD, Grand Jury Finds

Peggy Spellman Hoey

Justin Adamo of Flanders has had his brushes with the law over the past year for drug possession, police said.

On February 17, for example, Southampton Town police said a routine traffic stop in East Quogue ended up with the arrest of Adamo, who allegedly had heroin on him packaged as the “Top Gun” brand.

On March 31, town police stopped a vehicle Adamo was riding in and found heroin with the name “Hall Pass.” Police said they also found evidence of a drug sale by Adamo on March 25.

Adamo, 34, now stands accused of being a dealer of dangerous drugs — the kind that can kill a user.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that a woman who died due to a toxic mix of heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, and cocaine, on September 5, 2018, got the goods from Adamo.

There was plenty of evidence to tie him to the fatal overdose, authorities, said, specifically text messages to and from the victim. At one point, Adamo texted his home address to her, police said.

Adamo was tracked down by Southampton town cops on July 6 and charged with the sale of heroin and fentanyl in connection with the fatal overdose, along with illegal possession of a switchblade, prosecutors said.

At his arraignment July 19 the charges were piled on: nine felony counts relating to criminal sale of illegal drugs and four misdemeanors. He faces 25 years in prison and is being held without bail.

“The combination of heroin and fentanyl is highly lethal, and the drug dealers profiting from this poison are well aware of that,” District Attorney Timothy Sini said in a news release. “This is exactly why we need stronger legislation, including a ‘death by dealer’ statute, that adequately reflects the deadly consequences of selling drugs.”

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