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Posted on: November 12, 2021

DRUG STRIKE FORCE ARREST BENSALEM MAN FOR SUPPLYING FENTANYL THAT LED TO WOMAN'S OVERDOSE DEATH

Matthew Lavender

A 25-year-old man was charged on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, with supplying the drugs that led to a woman's overdose death in July at a Tullytown recovery house. 

Matthew Derby Lavender, of Bensalem, was charged with drug delivery resulting in death, criminal use of a communication facility, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance. 

He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Frank W. Peranteau and was sent to Bucks County Correctional Facility under $1 million bail, 10 percent. 

His arrest follows an investigation by Detectives with the Bucks County District Attorney's Office Drug Strike Force that began following the overdose death of 25-year-old Nikki Lee Silva on July 2, 2021.  

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