An alleged prostitute is facing charges for allegedly selling the fentanyl that led to a fatal overdose over the summer.
Angelina Barini, 41, has been arrested and arraigned on an indictment charging her with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl thatch resulted in the fatal overdose of a Queens man in a Woodside motel.
It is alleged that on Thursday, July 11, a man as found dead in a motel room in Woodside. Video surveillance from the building captured a woman, believed to be Barini, and the victim, entering the motel together, U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said.
Barini, of Queens, later admitted to police investigators that she supplied the drugs to the victim. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. If convicted, Barini faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum term of life in prison.
“As alleged, without regard for the potentially lethal consequences of her actions and despite the enormous body count attributed to dangerous opioids, the defendant provided fentanyl to the victim, causing his death,” Donoghue said in a statement. “This Office will continue working tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to hold accountable those like the defendant who contribute to the opioid epidemic.”
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter Fitzhugh added, “in her course of business as a prostitute, it is alleged that Barini gave her client a fatal dose of fentanyl resulting in his death.
"It is well known that the opioid epidemic is very real and present in the New York City area, and with the hope of preventing future opioid-related deaths, law enforcement at all levels continue to collaborate, investigate and arrest the dealers and traffickers who bring these deadly drugs into our area.”
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