WHITE PLAINS (PIX11) — Two alleged dealers are set to appear in court to answer for three deaths from a brand of heroin labeled “Breaking Bad.”
Dennis Sica, 36, and John Rohlman, 25, both of Dutchess County, face a mandatory minimum of 20 years when they appear in White Plains Federal Court Thursday.
The duo allegedly sold a particularly strong form of heroin mixed with quinine and fentanyl from late 2013 to February 2014.
Officials say in December of last year Sica and Rohlman sold their “Breaking Bad” heroin to Anthony Delello of Beekman, NY.
Delello, 20, snorted the duo’s product and was found dead next morning by his girlfriend, according to police. Delello was just weeks from joining the Air National Guard.
When Sica and Rohlman caught wind of Delello’s death, they exchanged texts with each other about deleting all records of knowing Delello and selling to him, according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
On Feb 1, 2014, Thomas Miller, 31, of Pawling NY was found dead with hypodermic needle and glassine bags with “Breaking Bad” printed on them.
Laura Brown, 35, was found dead the same day in New Milford, Conn. with the same branded drug.
Fentanyl is a powerful pain drug that’s 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
“Combining fentanyl with heroin is a deadly game – it’s like adding bullets to a revolver before
playing Russian roulette,” said Bharara.
Heroin seizures are up 110% in the New York Area since 2009 and deaths from heroin overdoses went up 45% from 2006 to 2010.
Dutchess County District Attorney William V. Grady agrees, “we must send the strongest message possible to those individuals who engage in this conduct. A sentencing range of 20 years to life, from both a punitive as well as a deterrent perspective, is such a message.
Indeed, Sica and Rohlman will at minimum, get 20 years in prison. At most, they will be sentenced to life in prison, and be fined $1 million.