Pair charged in connection with overdose death of Stroudsburg man

February 14, 2022

Andrew Washington

Toni Boyce

Andrew Washington, 30, of Stroudsburg, and Toni Boice, 22, of Lehighton, have been charged in connection with the July 2021 overdose death of Keith Czerwinski, 30, of Stroudsburg.

In July 2021, the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney, Criminal Investigations Division, opened an investigation concerning the sale and distribution of fentanyl in the 700 Block of Main Street in Stroudsburg.  Throughout the course of that investigation Andrew Washington was identified as a drug dealer, selling fentanyl, cocaine, and Xanax, in the area of Main Street in Stroudsburg.  Washington was previously charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substances for undercover purchases which were made from him by the police utilizing a confidential informant on July 23, 2021 and July 26, 2021.

On July 23, 2021, the day undercover agents bought drugs from Washington, the Stroud Area Regional Police Department was later dispatched to an apparent overdose death in the 700 Block of Monroe Street.  This death occurred just a block away from where agents from the Monroe County Drug Task Force purchased suspected heroin/fentanyl bags stamped “Got Milk?” from Washington.  That purchase occurred only hours before the 911 call came in. Detective Kim Lippincott, and Detective Sergeant Wendy Serfass, along with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Monroe County Coroner’s Office, investigated the death.

Czerwinski lived at the residence with his girlfriend, Toni Boice, and another roommate. During the investigation police learned that Czerwinski had ingested controlled substances the night before. Czerwinski became unresponsive in the late evening and early morning hours however, was reportedly still breathing. Ultimately, everyone in the home went to sleep for the night and when Toni Boice woke she found her boyfriend lifeless. In a panic, she admitted to police that she flushed evidence down the toilet and attempted to make the incident appear to be a natural cause death as opposed to a drug overdose.

The drugs that were purchased from Washington on Main Street were tested at the PSP Wyoming Regional Laboratory and determined to be pure fentanyl. At the time of Washington’s’ initial arrest on July 26, 2021 he was in possession of fentanyl, cocaine, and Xanax. In Czerwinski’s blood at the time of his death was fentanyl, cocaine, and Xanax.

This arrest is part of the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and more specifically, a part of the efforts led by First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso to hold drug dealers accountable for opioid related deaths.

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