DA: One of area’s largest heroin dealers sentenced to prison

WARSAW, N.Y. (WIVB) — Prosecutors saw a man who they say was one of the largest heroin dealers put behind bars.

Michael J. Regatuso II was arrested on charges which stemmed from sale of heroin to police officers on six different occasions. Police say he was arrested several times, and when they raided his home, they found large quantities of heroin, LSD, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Regatuso stood a five-day trial and was convicted of eight counts of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, nine counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

“(Regatuso) was one of the biggest heroin dealers that we have had in this county in a number of years,” Vincent Hemming, first assistant district attorney, said. “On a weekly basis our office sees the devastating effects of heroin on our community.”

Regatuso was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for his crimes Thursday in court. He was also required to pay just over $25,000 in fines for his crimes. He also agreed to forfeit two vehicles used in drug deals on the condition of dropping two lesser charges against him.

“The sentence handed down today sends a clear message that those defendants that deal heroin and prey on people’s addictions will be brought to justice and held accountable,” Hemming said.

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