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Indictment: Dealer's fentanyl-laced crack cocaine killed 3

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A man from Rahway who allegedly distributed fentanyl-laced crack cocaine that killed three people and sent numerous others to the hospital on a single day has been indicted on three counts of strict liability for a drug-induced death.

According to Union County prosecutors, George Rayford, 38, also faces several drug possession and distribution charges in the 13-count indictment.

Rayford could face several decades in prison if convicted on all counts.

Authorities say Rayford distributed the deadly quantities of drugs from his home on Dec. 22, 2017.

Authorities say two women and a man died that day after overdosing, while an unknown number of others were treated at hospitals following overdoses.

Rayford was arrested in February and remains jailed.

It's not known if he's retained an attorney.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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