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U.S. Attorney: Heroin dealers linked with overdose death will face federal charges

October 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. Attorney: Heroin dealers linked with overdose death will face federal charges

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A new course of action recently unveiled by federal law enforcement officials aimed at tackling the opiate epidemic in New York could spell big trouble for heroin dealers.

The plan by Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for New York’s Southern District, would see dope peddlers face federal charges for providing the drug linked to a fatal overdose.

On Wednesday, The U.S. Attorney for the first time announced the filing of federal narcotics charges against a heroin dealer accused of supplying the potent drug, which led to a fatal overdose of Westchester County man in October 2015.

Federal prosecutors charged 20-year-old Anthony Delosangles, also known as “Taco,” with one count of narcotics conspiracy in connection with the overdose death of 25-year-old Thomas Cippollaro of White Plains, New York.

According to the indictment, Delosangles stands accused of supplying heroin that led to the November 9th, 2015 death of Cippollaro.

The charge carries a potential life sentence and a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison for Delosangeles and feds believe it sends a message to other heroin dealers.

Bharara said if authorities can connect heroin dealers to fatal overdoses, they would face enhanced federal criminal charges.

As a result, Bharara has requested all local law enforcement agencies to report fatal overdoses to his office.

The state’s biggest police agency, the New York Police Department have already started cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Bharara said the plan is part of a sustained effort aimed to stem the spiraling opioid problem taking hold in the New York region and across the country.

“Opioid abuse is an epidemic which continues to devastate our communities, the charge unsealed today strikes at the heart of the problem, dealers who fuel the cycle of addiction and overdose,” Bharara said during the announcement of charges against Delosangeles.

According to the Dept. of Health, of the 937 fatal overdoses in New York City last year, 556 have been attributed to heroin use.

The epidemic has particularly ravaged the Bronx, New York, which recorded 146 fatalities from overdoses last year, a rate of 13 people per 100,000 deaths from heroin.

Overdose deaths overall in the state of New York has rapidly increased, reaching its highest peak in 2014 with 825, a 24%, increase from 2013.

The rate of overdose has skyrocketed with the introduction of Fentanyl, an anesthetic drug that is 80 times more potent than morphine.

Drug suppliers use fentanyl to enhance the potency of the heroin, which can be snorted, smoked or injected.

The alarming rate of overdoses and deaths from Heroin-laced fentanyl has prompted The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recently issue an alert to public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and others through about the increase in fentanyl-related overdoses in many parts of the country.

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