Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Eliasel Baez,42, of Kearny, was arrested for causing the drug induced death of Newark Fire Captain Carlos Rivera.
Baez is charged with strict liability drug-induced death for distributing a controlled dangerous substance that caused the death of Rivera. He is also charged with counts of distribution of CDS cocaine and distribution of CDS within 1,000 feet of a school.
On January 15, Rivera, 49, of Sayreville, was found unresponsive inside the Newark firehouse of Engine 15 Ladder 7 at 269 Park Avenue. He was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Essex County leads the state in drug overdoses. Given those numbers, it is important we fully investigate these cases and charge the perpetrators with strict liability homicide when appropriate,’’ said Prosecutor Stephens. “The facts and circumstances in this case warranted those charges.
The investigation which is active and ongoing is being handled by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force.
These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.
Calls will be kept confidential.