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Suspected Heroin Dealer Charged in Death of Brick Man

Timothy Baker
Timothy Baker

A local man already incarcerated on charges of dealing drugs is facing manslaughter charges in the drug-induced death of a Brick man.

Timothy Baker, 26, of Jackson, allegedly sold.a deadly dose of drugs to Thomas Palazzolo, 26, of Brick. Palazzolo died Jan. 27, after attempts by police to revive him failed after a 911 call was placed, reporting him unresponsive on his bedroom floor.

Baker has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since Jan. 31 on prior drug charges.


After Palazzolo was found to have died, officers on scene, observing signs of a drug overdose, immediately, per the Prosecutor’s directive, contacted the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Unit to respond, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. The ensuing intensive investigation would ultimately lead back to Baker and link him to Palazzolo’s overdose death. 

An autopsy by the Ocean County Medical Examiner would confirm that Palazzolo’s death was drug induced, said Della Fave.

Detective Brian Farnkopf of Brick Township Police Department and OCPO Major Crimes Unit Detective John Carroll signed criminal complaints against Baker for strict liability drug induced death, possession of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin.

  • Digger & Anne

    Karma. ROT.

  • Mark Story Jenks

    He could hide quite a stash in that head of hair.

  • Smokin

    Huge problem in ocean county they need to keep doing the raids on suspected dealers and users Don’t Stop

  • Goodgrief

    Nice to see these charges.

  • Stu Pidity

    Let’s not pretend that the deceased was some paragon of virtue. Enough with the ‘addiction/disease’ excuse. He could have been driving high and killed me. I for one feel that Brick is a better place with him buried under it.

    • albertWestpy

      I find your compassion for others to be overwhelming. God bless !