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Grandson of John Gotti pleads guilty in oxycodone drug case

February 9, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Grandson of John Gotti pleads guilty in oxycodone drug case

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The grandson of John Gotti, who carries the namesake of the notorious mafia boss, has been hit with an eight-year prison sentence on Wednesday for his role in a drug ring after accepting a plea deal.

Gotti pleaded guilty to three drug-related charges in Queens Supreme Court and will serve time behind bars while also being forced to forfeit $259,996, CBS News reported.

Once he completes his sentence, he will be required to serve five years probation.

The 23-year-old John Gotti has been in custody since his arrest back in August on a $2 million bail package.

In August, Richard A. Brown, the Queens District Attorney, said that John was one of seven individuals arrested. The arrests come after a year-long drug ring that ended with police seizing $240,000 in cash after executing search warrants on Gotti’s two vehicles, and his home, along with the residences of two other men who were apprehended.

Over 850 Oxycodone and Xanax pills, drug ledgers and records were also found during searches.

Shortly after the arrests, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce referred to the take-down of the drug ring as Operation Beach Party.

Undercover officers bought $46,080 of Oxycodone from John over the summer, with their last deal occurring on July 28th.

A wiretap was also installed in one of John’s cars, and investigators claim that during one conversation they heard him say that he sold 4,200 pills a month and made $100,000 in revenue, before later adding that the entire business made $1.6 million.

John Gotti’s grandson accepted a plea deal that landed him eight years behind bars. (ANDREW SCHWARTZ/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Melissa Erul, Justin Testa, Shaine Hack, Steve Kruger, Edward Holohan, and Michael Farduchi were also taken into custody back in August and are facing a number of charges.

John, Kruger, and Testa are facing an additional charge of operating as a drug trafficker, meaning they could be looking at 25 years in prison.

The younger Gotti would allegedly sell the drug for $23 or $24, which were provided to him by Kruger and Testa.

The first search back occurred in John’s residence, which has been in the Gotti family for more than 50 years and is where John and Victoria raised their six kids.

It was the first time that authorities had successfully carried out a search warrant on the house.

The search of John’s home also caused the arrest of his girlfriend Eleonor Gabrielli; while the search of Testa’s residence led to the arrest of his wife Dawn Biers on charges, both of whom were taken in on charges of third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

The third home searched in August was Hack’s apartment.

Hack was heard claiming to have $200,000 of John’s cash during a conversation that was wiretapped during the probe.

He does not face charges related to drug dealing, but instead second-degree money laundering and conspiracy for his role in the operation.

Erul and Farduchi are charged with third-degree sale of a controlled substance; Holohan, is charged with second-degree sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

“The drug in which the defendants have primarily trafficked – Oxycodone – is popular with club patrons despite that it poses serious health risks,” Brown said in a statement.

Former Mafia boss John Gotti died in prison 15 years ago after his conviction for racketeering. He was 61 years old. (REUTERS)

“In recent months, we have seen a rise in the use and abuse of prescription painkillers. Drugs such as Oxycodone are potent and have a high potential for abuse and death. Today’s arrests not only cut off the suppliers of drugs but the distributors as well,” Brown added.

The arrests occurred a little over one month after John was found with 205 Oxycodone pills, 18 methadone pills, pot, a testosterone bottle and close to $8,000 in cash in his vehicle after police pulled him over in June for a traffic violation.

The mafia prince, who was driving with a suspended license, was stopped near his home in Howard Beach because of his car’s tinted windows.

John Gotti was charged with unlawful possession of pot, four felony counts of possession of a narcotic drug, four misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, two violations for driving with tinted windows and on an expired license, and another misdemeanor count of aggravated unlicensed operation.

He was released he posted $25,00 bond.

The officers who arrested the man had no idea of the probe that was being conducted at the time, but their actions did assist in the operation after it was revealed that $7,000 of the cash found in the car had been given to Gotti by one of the undercover police officers.

Seven others were also involved in the alleged drug ring busted back in August

John’s run-ins with the law started when he was just a teenager, with police first taking him in after an incident in 2010 in which he tried to escape the scene of a crime after his friend shot a pellet gun into a crowd.

Two years later, John was caught near his home when he was discovered with a small volume of steroids.

He was given a desk appearance ticket because police found so little of the substance.

Before his arrest, John owned a tattoo shop called Rebel Ink Tattoo in Queens and was a personal trainer and fitness model.

His grandfather, the infamous head of the Gambino family turned to a life of crime at a young age, a position that allowed him to escape poverty in the Bronx.

Gotti joined a street gang before he was a teen and dropped out of school before he became a part of the Gambino family, where he promptly rose up the ranks.

Gotti’s girlfriend Eleonor Gabrielle (pictured in 2015) was also arrested on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance

John Gotti served his first prison stint in 1965 after he was convicted of attempted burglary and spent a year in prison.

Three years later, he was arrested after being charged with hijacking United and Northwest Airlines warehouses at what is now JFK Airport in New York along with a truck of cigarettes on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The $50,000 cigarette theft came two months after he was arrested for the United hijacking, while Gotti was awaiting trial.

He pleaded guilty to the hijackings, and prosecutors dismissed the charges related to the New Jersey incident.

John Gotti was released in 1972 after three years served but ended up behind bars again a year after a manslaughter conviction for his role in the killing of James McBratney; a man believed to have murdered the nephew of Carlo Gambino.

Gotti ascended to the top of the powerful criminal organization in 1986 after ordering the execution of Paul Castellano, the brother-in-law named by Carlo Gambino to succeed him following his death.

He served as the head of the crime syndicate for four years before he was arrested for murder in 1989 and was sentenced to life in prison in 1982.

John Gotti died behind bars one year after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2002.

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