Surveillance video from inside the motel shows John Alberti rummaging through seat cushions in a lounge. He later is shown face down on the couch with a lit cigarette.
A cigarette is believed to have ignited a stuffed chair in the second-floor smoking area of the 25-unit Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach, according to authorities.
Eight others were also hurt in the blaze, which broke out around 5:30 a.m. at the Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach.
Officials said prescription pills go for about $20 or $25 each on the black market, but a hit of heroin is just $3 to $5.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said their main goal was to send a message to students to stay away from drugs.