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Mar 17 2017

John Gotti enters guilty plea for sale of prescription drugs

As reported by NBC New York, John Gotti, the grandson of a notorious New York City mobster who bore the same name, pleaded guilty to the following charges:

  • Second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance
  • Conspiracy to commit a class A felony
  • Third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance arising from two arrests in 2016

According to the Queens District Attorneys’ Office, he could spend 25 years to life in prison for the part he played in an extensive prescription drug operation. Gotti said he would give over $259,000 in drug proceeds that officials confiscated during an arrest on August 4, 2016 and another $7,000 in drug proceeds confiscated in an arrest on June 30, 2016.

Similar to his grandfather, Gotti was captured by hidden listening devices. Investigators eavesdropped on his telephone conversations, and placed a bug in his vehicle. Thus, they were able to record his conversations concerning his Oxycodone trafficking business. In like manner, his grandfather was caught after the FBI installed such devices at Gotti hangouts throughout New York City.

The recorded conversations revealed that Gotti sold over 4,200 pills each month, from which he earned approximately $100,000 monthly. On a yearly basis, he earned about $1.6 million. According to officials, Gotti stated that he kept his drug trafficking documents and $200,000 in profits at the home of an associate in the event police decided to take them and arrest him.

If you were arrested for possession or sale of drugs in New York, call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Brill Legal Group, P.C.