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Two accused of supplying drugs that killed the Howell woman

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23 Sep 2021

Two accused of supplying drugs that killed the Howell woman

Two men have been arrested and charged with supplying a woman Howell with the drugs that killed her, Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Lori Linskey said Thursday.

Terrance R. Rose, 38, of Freehold Borough, and Reginald A. Simeus, 42, of Howell, are both charged with strict first degree liability for a drug-induced death.

On November 17, 2020, members of the Howell Township Police Department responded to a residence after reporting a possible drug overdose. Upon arrival, they found Katherine Hughes, 35, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A joint investigation by members of the Howell Township District Attorney’s Office and Police Department ensued, in which Rose and Simeus were discovered for communicating with Hughes in the lead-up to his death. The investigation further determined that Simeus obtained the drugs from Rose before passing them on to Hughes before his death.

At the start of the investigation, Rose and Simeus were charged with several drug-related charges in South Amboy and Howell, respectively; these charges remain unresolved. The strict liability charge was filed last week, Simeus was arrested without incident at his home on September 17, and Rose surrendered to members of the Howell Township Police Department on September 20.

Simeus was then released on bail, while Rose was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, where he awaits a detention hearing before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon, scheduled for tomorrow, September 24.

Acting District Attorney Linskey praised the proactive and dedicated efforts of the Howell Township Police Department, whose members worked in conjunction with detectives from the Narcotics and Criminal Enterprise Unit of the District Attorney’s Office and the Crimes Bureau major.

“Over the past few years, there has been a shift in the way law enforcement has approached drug addiction, from a more application-oriented strategy to a more compassionate one. But this compassion is reserved only for those who are fighting to change their lives – not those who would literally trade those people’s lives for modest financial gain, ”Linskey said. “We hope that the charges announced today send a clear message to this latter group, warning them that such conduct will be punished with the most severe reprimand permitted by law.”

This case is assigned to Deputy Prosecutor Christopher J. Decker, Director of the Major Crimes Bureau of the Prosecutor’s Office.

Rose is represented by Michael J. Pappa, Esq., Of Hazlet, while no attorneys are known to have appeared on Simeus’s behalf yet.

Convictions for first-degree criminal charges generally carry sentences of up to 20 years in state prison.