Police charge one individual in connection with overdose death

On 31 May 2019, Port Jervis City Detectives arrested Ashley Parker, Age 27, of Huguenot, and charged her with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, Two Counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, both Class B Felonies, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Criminally Negligent Homicide, both Class E Felonies, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree based upon an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the suspected overdose death of a 37-year-old female in the City of Port Jervis during the early morning hours of May 31st.  Police allege that the defendant sold a quantity of the narcotic drug heroin with fentanyl to the female prior to her death.

The defendant was arraigned in Port Jervis City Court and remanded to Orange County jail in lieu of $100,000.00 bail pending further court appearances. The case will be presented by the Office of District Attorney David Hoovler to an Orange County Grand Jury on Wednesday.

The arrest stems from a joint investigation conducted by the Port Jervis City Police Department, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office, New York State Police, Deerpark Town Police and the Mid-Hudson FBI Safe Streets Task Force.  The death investigation is continuing and police and prosecutors are awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology analysis by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.

District Attorney David Hoovler stated that “The opioid epidemic continues to ravage our communities and those who sell opioids which cause the death of others must be held accountable for their actions”.

Notice: A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.