Two Dutchess County men have been arrested on charges that they sold and distributed a deadly, Fentanyl-laced heroin branded as "Breaking Bad." Dennis Sica, 36, and John Rohlman, 25, face a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison because the heroin they distributed left three dead in a single month. Their inferior product sold at a cost of $60 to $100 per bundle and prominently featured a Breaking Bad logo on the packaging, but unlike the Heisenberg-quality crystal it aspired to be, this stuff was not specifically too tight.
Rohlman and Sica continued to sell the drugs even after the December death of customer Anthony Delello, 20, prosecutors allege. Following Delello's death, two more people died from their "particularly potent form of heroin." Investigators claim Rohlman texted one customer after the deaths to insist that his heroin batch was "rediculously [sic] good ... better than anything around right now."
After the arrests, drug task officers found more than $10,000 cash in Sica's safe deposit box in at a bank in Poughkeepsie.
"Three young people from our community are dead, the tragic victims of heroin peddled by the defendants under the label ‘Breaking Bad,’" U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. "Although the heroin and prescription painkiller epidemic may be breaking bad, we must aggressively make good on our collective obligation to stamp out this affliction. No more half-measures."