PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire — A New Hampshire woman was indicted by the most recent Rockingham County grand jury for a felony that alleges she sold the drug fentanyl which caused the June 14 overdose death of Joseph Cahill of York.
Amanda Burgess, 25, formerly of 59 Gosling Road, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was indicted for the crime of “sale of a drug, death resulting,” according to the indictment by Assistant Attorney General Jason Casey. The charge is punishable by incarceration for a term up to life, according to the indictment.
Portsmouth police allege Burgess sold a $40 bag of the drug to Cahill and was with him in a 12 Gosling Road bathroom where he injected it, then died.
An affidavit by Portsmouth police detective Timothy McCain says he was dispatched to the Gosling Meadows neighborhood on June 16 at 1:23 a.m., when police found Cahill unconscious on a bathroom floor next to a used syringe and a burned spoon. A subsequent exam by a medical examiner revealed Cahill had “several injection sites on his right inner arm,” court records state.
According to the affidavit, Burgess’ mother went to the police station and told investigators that Burgess “was with the boy when he died.” The mother also showed police several text messages from her daughter, including one that said, “I just watch sum one die rite in front of me.”
Burgess later admitted to police that she sold Cahill a $40 bag of what she represented to be heroin behind a Gosling Meadows trash bin on June 14 and confessed to being with him when he “shot up” the next morning, court records state. Burgess also correctly identified the location of Cahill’s body and said she became “nervous and panicked” when he went into cardiac arrest, the police report states.