YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An Upper Saddle River man and his daughter have been charged in connection with the overdose death of a 19-year-old Ramsey man this past weekend from a lethal drug mix that was being passed off as heroin, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli announced tonight.
Molinelli in announcing the arrests took the rare move of warning young people in North Jersey to beware of the drug mixture and not to use it.
Darius Ghahary – aka “Dash” – of Hampshire Hill gave Daniel Lajterman the fatal dose of a deadly poly-drug substance he created using Fentanyl as one of the ingredients, the prosecutor said.
A synthetic opiate,Fentanyl is 80 times more potent than morphine, he said.
Detectives seized what Molinelli referred to as “large quantities” of Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Xanax, Adderall, Hydromorphone, synthetic THC, steroids, Molly (MDMA), pot and other drugs in power and pill form during raids at Ghahary’s house and several storage facilities on Monday and Tuesday.
“In addition, large quantities of packaging materials and cutting/mixing agents were found,” the prosecutor said. “It is believed that [Ghahary] used these controlled dangerous substances and associated cutting agents to concoct his own mixture of drugs which he purported to be heroin.”
Molinelli’s detectives and Ramsey police originally arrested Ghahary, 44, at his home on Monday and charged him with maintaining a drug manufacturing facility and distributing heroin. Bail at the time was $250,000.
They have since charged him with the much more severe counts of strict liability for a drug-induced death and manslaughter, as well as hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence.
Molinelli said the latter two charges stem from Ghahary recruiting his 19-year-old daughter, Alynn, to destroy evidence.
Alynn Ghahary is charged with hindering and tampering, as well.
Her father, meanwhile, remains held in the Bergen County Jail, with bail increased to $750,000.
Emergency service workers who found Lajterman’s lifeless body in his Roandis Court bedroom Sunday afternoon believed he’d died of a heroin overdose, Molinelli said. Although Lajterman was believed to buying genuine heroin from Ghahary, he’d also received the fatal mixture, the prosecutor said.
An investigation was continuing, he said.
IMAGES: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
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