ALBANY – A Saratoga Springs man was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for distributing heroin to a 30-year-old woman who died from taking it, according to the United States Department of Justice.
As part of his guilty plea on Aug. 14, 36-year-old Matthew Charo admitted that on Oct. 2, 2014, he sold heroin to a 30-year-old woman.
"Before the sale, the victim told Charo that she had tried all day to buy heroin without success. Charo agreed to help the victim buy heroin, and used the victim’s food stamp EBT card to buy heroin from another individual, which he then distributed to the victim. She ingested the heroin and died due to acute heroin intoxication," reads a release.
“...Heroin kills, and dealing heroin is a deadly choice that can subject the dealer of even a small amount to severe consequences if a customer dies from taking heroin. As part of our multi-pronged approach to the opioid crisis, we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to hold drug dealers accountable for fatal overdoses," said Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith said in a statement.
Charo's prison sentence will be followed by a 3-year term of supervised release, according to a release.