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.”
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“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.