Three Staten Island residents pleaded guilty to various drug charges involving oxycodone and heroin. They were among nine people arrested last February and charged for their roles in a drug ring that operated in the New York borough.
Husband and wife duo Glenn and Maria DePaolo pleaded guilty to acquiring oxycodone by fraud in Brooklyn federal court. Carol Monforte was charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone. They will be sentenced in September.
Law enforcement said the drug scheme took place from September 2016 to February last year. The arrests occurred after a long-term investigation into oxycodone and heroin trafficking on Staten Island. Law enforcement worked with a confidential source who purchased heroin from one of the defendants.
Other ring members charged include lifetime parolee Michael Calabria and his brother Joseph Calabria. Authorities said they had wiretap evidence in which Joseph Calabria was heard discussing oxycodone purchases with other defendants. He distributed the drugs after receiving supplies of oxycodone prescriptions from Monforte and others.
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