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Two arrested on federal charges of selling fatal heroin doses to three people, causing their deaths

WHITE PLAINS –  Federal charges have been lodged against two Dutchess County men for selling heroin to three people who died as a result.  The criminal complaints against John Rohlman, 25, of Pawling, and Dennis Sica, 36, of Beekman, formerly of Carmel, were unsealed Thursday.

The men allegedly sold heroin labeled “Breaking Bad,” at least some of which was laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is significantly stronger than street heroin.

On the night of December 28, 2013, Sica sold “Breaking Bad” heroin to Anthony Delello, 20, of Beekman, who snorted it and was found dead by his girlfriend the next day. An autopsy concluded he died of “acute heroin intoxication.”

Four days later, Sica and Rohlman exchanged text messages in which Sica urged Rohlman to delete the message history in the phone and to deny knowing anything about Delello or how he died.

One witness told police that during the next month, the men sold 250 grams of “Breaking Bad” heroin per day.

A month after Delello’s death, two more people died from overdoses of the same drug. On February 1, Thomas Miller, 31, was found dead by his mother in his Pawling home. A hypodermic needle and bags with the words “Breaking Bad” were found by his body.

The same day Miller was found dead, Laura Brown, 35, was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose in New Milford, CT. She was found with needles and “Breaking Bad” baggies of heroin nearby.

If convicted, both Sica and Rohlman face 20 years to life in prison.

Dutchess Sheriff’s Captain John Watterson said people selling or using drugs should take note of this situation.

“We want this to serve as a message to all people who sell drugs in Dutchess County and elsewhere; that message is that we are going to do everything within our power to put a stop to their business and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” Watterson said.

Dutchess District Attorney William Grady said authorities opted to charge the men federally, since the penalties are much harsher than those under state law.