Mont Co Woman Charged for Causing Bensalem Man’s OD Death
A Montgomery County woman is being charged with delivering the drugs that ultimately killed a Bensalem man due to an overdose as a result of a drug strike force investigation.
Corrine Marie Smith, 42 of Jenkintown is facing charges of drug delivery resulting in death, criminal use of a communication facility, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and related offenses.
She was arraigned earlier today by District Judge Michael Gallagher, with bail set at 10 % of $500,000.00
The charges were the result of a lengthy investigation by a detective with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office Drug Strike Force into the overdose death of Matthew Graham, who was found dead on June 12, 2020, inside the Penn Lodge Hotel in Bensalem Township.
According to prosecutors, Bensalem Police were dispatched to the hotel where they found the 33 year-old mad dead inside a room.
Police located a number of glassine packets they say contained fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine in Graham’s hotel room.
Prosecutors say an autopsy revealed Graham died of fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine, toxicity.
The investigation, which included an analysis of cellphone and GPS data and Facebook messages, concluded that Smith had an agreement with Graham to travel to Philadelphia on June 11, 2020, to purchase heroin/fentanyl, which she brought to Graham at the Penn Lodge Hotel. The investigation also found that Smith supplied the methamphetamine to Graham.
“We may never stop fatal drug overdoses from occurring, but we are nevertheless mandated to hold the drug dealers who deliver the fatal drugs criminally accountable in the name of public safety,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “I commend law enforcement investigators for their efforts in doing so in this case.”
This case was investigated by Bucks County Detectives and Bedminster Township Police and is assigned for prosecution to Assistant District Attorney Megan Stricker.
Smith was unable to post bond and was sent to Bucks County Correctional Facility to await her preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for June 17 in Bensalem.