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Prostitute pleads not guilty in death

Angelina Barini has been linked to several fentanyl-related incidents

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:30 am

A prostitute charged with providing lethal fentanyl to a man pleaded not guilty last Friday, according to reports.

The indictment unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charged 41-year-old Rego Park resident Angelina Barini with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl that resulted in the death of an unnamed man on July 11.

The New York Post reported that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported that Jean-Alessandro Silvero died on July 11 from fentanyl intoxication at a Woodside motel and his mother attended Barini’s initial court appearance in August.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, video surveillance from earlier in the day showed a female, who appeared to be Barini, and the victim entering a motel together.

Subsequent to her arrest, Barini was interviewed by law enforcement authorities and admitted supplying drugs to the victim.

“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,” said Peter Fitzhugh, special agent-in-charge of Homeland Security Investigations in a statement.

Richard Donoghue, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, added, “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.”

If convicted, Barini faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

She has been reportedly linked to similar deaths. In August, she had been charged with the overdose death of Cipriani Dolci head chef Andrea Zamperoni, after he overdosed at a Elmhurst hostel. According to the Post, the Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday that Zamperoni’s death was accidental and that GHB, a “club drug,” alcohol and cocaine were found in his system.

Barini was arrested after she answered the motel door and authorities found Zamperoni’s dead body stuffed in a garbage can.

She was charged then with a single count of fentanyl distribution and has been locked up since. Earlier this month, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said she was under investigation for a fourth death and the Post said she was being eyed in a fifth.

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