A 38-year-old Sarasota man was charged with culpable negligence after he sold carfentanil to a 35-year-old man who later overdosed.
On Jan. 29, Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an overdose at a halfway house in the 4600 block of South School Avenue. Four doses of naloxone were given before the 35-year-old, a recovering addict, was revived.
The man said he had bought heroin from Michael Bennett, according to the sheriff’s office. In a text, Bennett told the man he had “good stuff.” For $40, he received heroin and a syringe.
In another text message investigators found, Bennett said, “hey for real do like I’m not even match tip and put it in injected slowly.”
“No joke bro,” he also wrote in the text message. It was carfentanil, he said, which is a synthetic opioid 10,000 times stronger than morphine.
Bennett was arrested Thursday and released the same day on a $500 bond.