A prostitute who gave drugs to others that led to two people’s deaths could soon spend the rest of her life behind bars.
Angelina Barini pleaded guilty to charges related to dealing drugs that led to the victim’s deaths. She entered her plea in a New York federal court this week. Her sentencing is set for a later date and Barini faces 20 years to life behind bars.
Between July and August 2019, Barini provided drugs to her victim while sometimes working as a prostitute, according to prosecutors.
In July 2019, she gave fentanyl-laced drugs to a victim at a Queens motel and caused his overdose death, prosecutors noted.
Fentanyl is an opioid that is often mixed with other drugs to enhance the effects, but a small amount can be deadly.
On Aug. 5, Barini met another victim at a home in Queens and gave him fentanyl-laced drugs, again leading to his overdose death, according to prosecutors.
There were other times where Barini distributed drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine and a “date rape” drug, prosecutors said.
“The scourge of addiction takes many forms, but one of its most devastating effects is that beyond the direct victims of drug overdoses are the families who lose loved ones too soon. Fentanyl is deadly regardless of social status, age, gender or ethnicity,” stated HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Fitzhugh. “Barini had no regard for her victims, but has made the right choice by taking responsibility for her actions. HSI and its partners remain resolute in pursuing those who profit from this lethal opioid epidemic.”