It is not every day that one hears of a person with connections to the mob being arrested by the New York Police Department. The late John Gotti, perhaps one of history’s most recognizable mobsters, is likely turning in his grave after the NYPD’s latest arrest — the mobster’s grandson and namesake, John Gotti.
John Gotti III was recently arrested in his Howard Beach home after a police search in which detectives were able to seize $40,000 and 500 Oxycodone pills. The money and prescription medicine were found inside a bedroom safe.
The arrest comes on the heels of a drug probe known as “Operation Beach Party.” Investigators executed a series of undercover activities in order to obtain sufficient evidence for purposes of a warrant.
According to the Queens County District Attorney, the Homorable Richard Brown, John Gotti and drug dealers were selling Oxycodone in both Howard Beach and Ozone Park. The Oxycodone, sold for between $23 and $24 per pill, allegedly helped net Gotti a hefty profit.
Police used wiretaps to record Gotti. He allegedly stated that his pill-pushing endeavor allowed for sales of nearly 4,200 pills per month netting him nearly $100,000 a month. Police investigators pulled audio from a listening device that was secretly installed in Gotti’s Infiniti sedan, almost echoing how his grandfather was caught several decades earlier.
In addition to using the wiretaps in order to procure evidence against Gotti, undercover cops allege that they made 11 purchases of Oxycodone from Gotti purchasing an estimated $46,000 worth of Oxycodone. Some of Gotti’s associates were also arrested in the bust. It is believed that $200,000 in drug proceeds being held for Gotti were seized from an associate’s Howard Beach home. If convicted, Gotti faces up to twenty-five years in prison for his crimes.
One does not need to be a mob boss in order to be charged with a drug crime. It is a sad reflection on our society that many individuals turn to selling illegal drugs such as Oxycodone. More arrests are likely to occur as law enforcement continues to ramp up efforts in order to keep these substances off the street.
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