Philip C. Callaci and Dawn Lagatella
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a man and a woman from Mahopac brought their two young children with them when they went to make a drug deal in that hamlet. Mr. Philip C. Callaci, aged 49, and Ms. Dawn Lagatella, aged 38, of 1 Parker Drive in Mahopac, face drug dealing and child endangerment charges in the case. The alleged incident took place on Wednesday, October 26th.
The couple, who are described as boyfriend and girlfriend, allegedly drove together in a car to the parking lot of a Mahopac gas station on Wednesday afternoon, where they had pre-arranged to meet with, and sell heroin to, a buyer. The couple’s two children–a two-year-old and a three-week-old infant–were with them in the car at the time.
The buyer in the drug transaction turned out to be an undercover deputy sheriff working as part a buy-and-bust team of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (“NEU”). When the alleged heroin sale was transacted, NEU members moved in and arrested Mr. Callaci and Ms. Lagatella and seized a quantity of heroin from the couple’s car. Uniformed patrol deputies and state troopers assisted the undercover narcotics team in the arrest.
The Sheriff’s Office notified the Putnam County Department of Child Protective Services regarding the incident. The children were temporarily turned over to a relative at the scene.