Suspect arrested in connection to drug overdose deaths of two UK tourists at Atlantic City casino

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Source: Atlantic County Prosecutor, MEGA

Jun. 18 2021, Published 8:16 p.m. ET

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An Atlantic City man has been arrested in connection with the overdose deaths of two U.K. tourists who were found dead in a casino hotel room.

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Tyrell Gist, 24, is charged with two counts of strict-liability homicide and multiple narcotics offenses.

On March 8, 2020, an Atlantic City police detective responded to Room 3241 at Bally’s Casino upon notification of two drug deaths, the Atlantic City Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a statement.

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When police arrived, they found Scott P. Jordan, 43, and Simon Gamble, 40, dead in the room. Both men were from the United Kingdom.

“On several occasions during my administration, we have put drug dealers on notice that if they sell drugs which cause the death of people, they will be prosecuted for drug induced death, which carries a minimum of ten years in state prison,” Tyner said in a statement.

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As the investigation into these two drug-related deaths continued, police obtained surveillance video of the area, Gist was immediately identified as a suspect.

Further investigation and lab analysis of drugs seized from the victims' room and from Gist resulted in charges against him in connection to the homicides.

Gist’s full list of charges includes two counts of strict liability homicide, one count of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance within 500 feet of a public park, distribution of a dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

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