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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

United States Attorney Announces Charges Against Narcotics Trafficker Connected To Heroin Overdose Death

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Robert M. Noble, Chief the Yorktown Police Department, announced the arrest and filing of charges against ANTHONY DELOSANGLES, a/k/a “Taco,” age 20, for narcotics dealing that resulted in death.

On September 19, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office secured an indictment against DELOSANGLES, charging DELOSANGELES with conspiracy to distribute heroin.  The indictment alleges that heroin distributed by DELOSANGELES resulted in the death of Thomas Cippollaro, age 25, of White Plains, New York, on November 9, 2015.  DELOSANGELES is currently detained serving a prison sentence on related state narcotics charges. 

DELOSANGELES was presented in federal court in White Plains before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul E. Davison on October 11, 2016, and detained without bail.  The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Karas.  DELOSANGELES faces a mandatory minimum term of 20 years in prison. 

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated:  “The epidemic of opioid abuse is devastating our communities.  Charges like those announced today strike at the heart of the problem – dealers who fuel the cycle of addiction and overdose.  Anthony Delosangeles allegedly dealt in heroin, including the heroin that killed Thomas Cippollaro, a 25 year-old White Plains man.  We thank the FBI and our local law enforcement partners for their extraordinary efforts that led to the charges today.”  

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. stated:  “When dealers are out hawking their drugs, they rarely think beyond the easy money.  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.”

Yorktown Police Chief Robert M. Noble stated:  “The Yorktown Police Department is proud to have played an integral role in the arrest of Anthony Delosangeles.  This arrest would not have been possible without the assistance of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, F.B.I. and the United States Attorney’s Office.  When agencies combine efforts, and work without agendas, excellence in law enforcement is possible.  The residents of Yorktown and Westchester County are all a bit safer today, as an alleged heroin dealer is behind bars.  We hope that this arrest will bring a small bit of solace to the family of Thomas Cipollaro.”

As alleged in the Indictment against DELOSANGLES[1]:

From at least in or about May 2015 up to and including in or about February 2016, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ANTHONY DELOSANGELES, a/k/a “Taco,” and others conspired to sell heroin.  The use of controlled substances distributed by DELOSANGELES resulted in the death of Thomas Cipollaro on or about November 9, 2015.

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DELOSANGELES is charged with one count of narcotics conspiracy, which carries a maximum of life in prison and a mandatory term of 20 years in prison.  The statutory maximum sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.

The charges contained in the Indictment against DELOSANGELES are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This matter is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Burns and Maurene Comey are in charge of the prosecution.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI, the DEA, the Yorktown Police Department, and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Drug Trafficking
Updated October 12, 2016