YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A 20-year-old Tarrytown man is facing life in prison after prosecutors say heroin he sold led to the overdose death of a White Plains man.
Thomas Cipollaro, 25, overdosed on heroin on Nov. 9, 2015, in the Kmart parking lot in Yorktown, said Police Chief Robert Noble. Police say it was Anthony “Taco” Delosangeles who sold Cipollaro the drugs that killed him, as well as sold heroin in Yorktown on several other occasions.
Delosangeles has been charged with one count of narcotics conspiracy, a federal charge that carries a maximum of life in prison and a minimum of 20 years, said Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.
“The epidemic of opioid abuse is devastating our communities,” Bharara said in a press release. “Charges like those announced today strike at the heart of the problem—dealers who fuel the cycle of addiction and overdose.”
Noble said the “extensive investigation” initiated by the Yorktown Police Department led to the charges that Delosangeles now faces.
“Our narcotics officer along with our local, county and federal law enforcement partners did an outstanding job, working very hard on this case,” he said.
Noble said he hopes the arrest of Delosangeles sends a “very clear message to drug dealers who want to deal their poison in Yorktown.”
“If we can link you to the death of an overdose victim, we are looking to put you away for life,” he said.
The Yorktown Police Department arrested Delosangeles in February for allegedly selling heroin on multiple occasions in Yorktown. He was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.
“When dealers are out hawking their drugs, they rarely think beyond the easy money,” said FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. “Many times, buyers end up in a morgue, and the dealers are on to the next sale. The cavalier attitude is obvious in this case when the defendant allegedly named some of his product ‘ice cream.’ The goal of the FBI and our law enforcement partners is to stop the drug traffickers who hope their clientele will think something named ‘ice cream’ won’t kill them.”
Delosangeles is currently serving a prison sentence. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Karas.