Bensalem Man Charged For Woman’s Fentanyl Overdose Death

Nikki Lee Silva (Right) and Matthew Lavender, 25. Images via obituary for Nikki Silva and Bucks County DA's Office.

A Bensalem man is being held responsible for the overdose death of a woman at a Tullytown recovery home.

Nikki Silva, 25, passed away on July 2nd, 2021. Tullytown police responded to a call from a house on Main Street that night to find her dead. 

Officers reported finding several baggies near her body. Some of the baggies were empty, while two were still filled with fentanyl and/or heroin.

Investigators say they linked those baggies to Matthew Lavender, 25, of Bensalem. 

Lavender allegedly admitted to taking Silva to Kensington to buy the drugs. 

When asked if the baggies contained heroin or fentanyl, a criminal complaint states Lavender responded, “they’re all fentanyl. There is no heroin no more.”

Authorities allege Silva gave money to Lavender for the purpose of acquiring the drugs. Lavender used the money to buy six baggies of fentanyl from a street dealer, according to the complaint.

Then last week, police took Lavender into custody on multiple charges including drug delivery resulting in death.

“This case emphasizes our commitment to hold all drug dealers criminally accountable,” said District Attorney Matt Weintraub. “Our message to all the drug dealers out there: If someone dies from the drugs you dealt them, we will investigate you, arrest you, convict you, and sentence you, whenever possible.”

Judge Frank Peranteau set Lavender’s bail at 10 percent of $1 million. He has not posted bail and remains at Bucks County Correctional Facility.