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Major Wyoming County heroin dealer gets stiff prison term

WARSAW – Michael J. Regatuso II, 34, publicly denounced by prosecutors as one of Wyoming County biggest heroin dealers in decades, was ordered Wednesday by County Judge Michael M. Mohun to serve a state prison term of 12 years, submit to three years of post-release supervision and pay fines totaling $25,500 linked to undercover purchases from him made by agents of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Team six times between Sept. 26, 2013 and Nov. 6, 2013.

The Castile resident was convicted on Jan. 30 of 17 counts of third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance and single counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree conspiracy and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Facing a prison term of up to 30 years after the jury trial and facing two additional drug-related felony trials, Regatuso fired his trial attorney Merlyn Bissell and hired attorney Larry Kasperek who worked out a “global plea” under which Regatuso waived his right to appeal his January conviction and surrender two expensive vehicles he was using in his drug trade in return for a dismissal of his two pending drug and forged instrument cases.

Wyoming County District Attorney Donald G. O’Geen and Vincent A. Hemming, first deputy district attorney and the trial prosecutor at the January jury trial, both publicly denounced Regatuso as one of the biggest heroin dealers in the county’s history.