Drug dealer sentenced to prison for selling heroin that caused death of Marlton Man

The incident revolved around heroin sold to Marlton resident Jeffrey Potter, who was found dead from an overdose on Sept. 28, 2017.

The following information is on file with the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office:

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina has announced that a Lawnside drug dealer was sentenced to seven years in state prison for causing the death of a customer to whom he sold heroin in 2017.

Under terms of the sentence, Jimmy Flakes Jr., 41, of the 100 block of Ashland Avenue in Lawnside, must serve 85 percent of the term before becoming eligible for parole.

Flakes pled guilty in October to one count of strict liability for a drug-induced death in the First degree as part of a plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office.

The investigation revealed that Jeffrey Potter, 45, from the Marlton section of Evesham Township, was discovered dead in his home on Sept. 28, 2017, after using heroin that had been purchased from Flakes.

The investigation further revealed that Flakes made a profit of $10 on the sale of the heroin.

An autopsy performed by the Burlington County medical examiner determined the cause of death was opiate toxicity.

“The pervasiveness of illegal drugs in our society is a crisis that demands the use of every tool available to combat this scourge,” Coffina said. “Our office will continue to use this statute whenever it is applicable to clear dealers from our neighborhoods and put them in prison.”

Flakes was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Jeremy Lackey and Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Hutchinson.

The case was investigated by the Evesham Township Police (NJ) Department, with assistance from the Lawnside Police Department in Camden County.

The lead investigator was ETPD Det. Christopher DeFrancesco.