South Jersey Criminal Defense

Atlantic City Woman Charged in Drug-Induced Death of Ventnor Man

Handcuffs on tops of booksRajeri Curry, 30, of Atlantic City, New Jersey was charged by federal officials on Thursday, March 14, 2019, for distributing heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the death of Jeffrey Giannini of Ventnor.  Giannini, 30, was found dead in his car at a McDonald’s restaurant.

Mr. Giannini’s autopsy showed that the cause of death was the “combined adverse effects of heroin and fentanyl.” The recent charge, delivered by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, was for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Caught on Surveillance Footage

Security camera surveillance footage recorded the sale of the heroin by Curry to Giannini before he died. Wax folds that contained heroin and fentanyl were also found in Giannini’s car, and these were stamped with the same stamp, which read “body count,” that Curry had on the heroin she’d been selling.

Authorities knew that the stamp was Curry’s because heroin with the same stamp had been seized in Curry’s home earlier in January.  At that time, police officers had taken 300 wax folds of heroin from her home, which was in Atlantic City.  She was indicted on several charges which included possession of heroin with intent to distribute in a school zone.

Detained Without Bail

Rajeri Curry, after appearing before a judge in Newark federal court, was detained without bail.  Curry had also been convicted in Atlantic County on other drug distribution charges in both 2008 and 2011.  However, she pled not guilty of the current charges.

Drug-related deaths are worse than ever in the state of New Jersey.  There were at least 765 suspected drug deaths as of April 2018 for that year alone, and illegal drugs have become the sixth leading cause of death in the state.  It is believed that the opioid crisis is at least partly to blame.  For those who have been accused of illegal drug possession, hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Jill R. Cohen is essential.  

Contact An Experienced Atlantic City Drug Defense Attorney About Your Drug Crime Charges In New Jersey

Have you been charged with a drug crime in NJ?  A drug crime conviction can carry with it heavy fines, jail time, and driver’s license suspension!  That is why it is imperative that you speak with a qualified drug defense lawyer about your case. The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen represents clients charged with use, possession, production, distribution, and related drug offenses in Camden, Cherry Hill, Gloucester Township, Winslow, Pennsauken and throughout New Jersey.

Call (856) 351-5115 or fill out our confidential online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office located at 210 Haddon Avenue Camden County , NJ 08108.


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