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Dealer Who Had “Illicit Pharmacy” at Home Gets 6.5 to 15 Years

September 28, 2018

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Contact: Thomas C. Gannon, 215.348.6461, tcgannon@buckscounty.org

Michael Ratti
      Michael R. Ratti

A heroin dealer caught with what a judge called “an illicit pharmacy” at his Bristol Township home was sentenced today to serve six and one-half to 15 years in state prison.

“I think a lengthy period of supervision, given the history, is appropriate,” Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. told Michael Robert Ratti, noting Ratti’s long record of drug convictions. “You’ve been involved with drugs for over 20 years.”

Ratti, 41, of the 7500 block of Ailanthus Lane, pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and two counts of criminal use of a communications facility, all felonies.

He admitted selling heroin to a confidential police informant on Jan. 24 and again on March 13, leading police to obtain a search warrant for his house on March 20.

There, investigators found Ratti in possession of heroin, marijuana and various pills. Referring to himself as “the worst drug dealer,” he directed police to his bedroom, where officers found marijuana, marijuana oils, edible forms of marijuana, amphetamine salts, crack cocaine and heroin.

Deputy District Attorney Thomas C. Gannon told Bateman that Ratti would extract oil from the raw marijuana and use it to make lollipops, candies and electronic cigarette cartridges for smoking. Officers also found paperwork documenting some of Ratti’s drug sales, Gannon said.

“He pretty much runs the gamut” of illegal drug trafficking, Gannon said, calling it troubling that Ratti’s marijuana-infused candy and vape oil made drug abuse more palatable for younger users.

Administrative Deputy Public Defender Ann Russavage-Faust told Bateman that Ratti sold drugs because he “is struggling with addiction,” adding that he cooperated with police investigators and admitted his guilt immediately.

Bateman, however, pointed to a history of drug-related crimes dating back two decades, some of them committed while under probation and parole supervision.

“It’s not just that you committed a crime,” Bateman said, “but you committed the same kind of crime.

“You were running an illicit pharmacy from your home,” the judge said. “You’re introducing drugs into the community … and you know how bad that is. You’re addicted yourself.”

The case was investigated by the Middletown Township Police Department.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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