A Long Island drug dealer admitted to selling fentanyl to an addict who fatally overdosed on the drugs during an anonymous virtual drug meetup, prosecutors said.
Vito Frabizio, 33, pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with the tragic death of the West Babylonian man who worked to change his life, according to Suffolk County prosecutors.
Overdose victim Frank Cairo was found dead on his bed by his local girlfriend in March 2022.
According to prosecutors, cell phone data obtained by the police indicated that Frabizio had sold the bags of drugs to the victim.
Suffolk District Attorney Raymond Tierney slammed the dealer for taking advantage of the 51-year-old victim who wanted to improve his life.
“This defendant took advantage of the victim’s addiction, who was trying to get clean by selling him deadly fentanyl, which resulted in the victim’s death,” he said in a statement.
A day after Cairo’s death, an undercover Suffolk County police officer contacted Frabizio of Deer Park, and the two later met at the Sayville Motor Lodge on the Sunrise Highway.
At the motel, Frabizio sold the undercover cop 1/8th of an ounce of fentanyl and more than 1/8th of an ounce of cocaine, prosecutors said, leading to his arrest.
Police recovered fentanyl and cocaine, two digital scales, and nearly $4,000 in cash from the motel room.
Frabizio was later released upon his arraignment because he did not face any charges eligible for bail, prosecutors said.
During his supervised release, a week after his indictment, Frabizio was contacted again with an undercover Suffolk officer along with a co-defendant to arrange the sale of fentanyl and cocaine to the officers.
Frabizio and his accomplice were arrested during the sale on other narcotics-related charges, prosecutors said. A search of his West Babylonian home found more fentanyl, including nearly 30 blue tablets, and cocaine.
Tierney pointed to bail reform legislation passed in 2019, which allowed Frabizio to avoid jail time for drug offenses the first time.
“We were only able to arrest this defendant because of the hard work of the Suffolk County Police Department,” he said.
Frabizio pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, including a narcotics sale that resulted in an overdose death, and one count of criminal second-degree use of drug paraphernalia, prosecutors said.
He was originally facing dozens of charges when Tierney announced his arrest during a news conference in April. Tierney said the case is symbolic of the frightening drug problem engulfing the area.
His sentencing is scheduled for November 18.
The attorney representing Frabizio did not immediately contact the Post.
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