CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Three Cape May County residents have been indicted on drug charges that hold them responsible for the death of Eric Nolan, son of Cape May County Sheriff Bob Nolan.
County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township police Chief William Mastriana said Wednesday that after launching an investigation into Eric’s July overdose death, authorities have indicted two women and a man on drug-induced death and possession charges.
Eric Nolan, 35, was found unresponsive inside his home in Lower Township on July 21. Paramedics and police officers attempted to resuscitate him but were unable to revive him, authorities said.
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On Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Susan E. Mazzone, 43, of Cape May Court House, and Lauren M. Dorff, 31, of Villas, for drug-induced death, a first-degree crime that carries a 10- to 20-year prison sentence.
Both women, as well as Sherman R. Martin, 44, of Cape May Court House, were also indicted on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, a third-degree crime that may result in three to five years in prison.
Martin also was indicted on a charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, also a third-degree crime.
The three were charged Aug. 10. Martin was released on summonses while Mazzone and Dorff were sent to the Atlantic County jail.
Eric Nolan was a lifelong resident of Lower Township, according to his obituary. He graduated from Lower Cape May Regional High School, was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and worked as a carpenter.
Family members wrote that he was “vibrant with a tremendous sense of humor; loved to be around children and simply spending time with his family who all love him so very much and always will.”
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He left behind a son, Aidan.
Drug overdoses continue to climb in New Jersey. More than 2,400 people have died from overdoses this year as of Oct. 14. Experts estimate the yearly total of deaths will pass the number of deaths in 2017.
Cape May County experienced 59 overdose deaths last year.