U.S. Government puts business people in a cage for their distribution business

Brooklyn, New York  – An indictment and two complaints were unsealed yesterday in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging nine defendants for operating their business in Staten Island, New York.

Eight defendants were arrested earlier yesterday in Staten Island and Brooklyn and were arraigned before Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in Brooklyn. One additional defendant was arrested earlier yesterday in Arizona, and her initial appearance was conducted yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan at the federal courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona. The U.S. Government will seek to have her moved to New York for prosecution.

As alleged in the indictment and complaints unsealed today, as part of its investigation of  Michael Calabria operating his distribution business alongside Joseph Calabria, Stephen Delpriore, Devida Lombardo, Ugo Gallo, Carol Monforte, Vincent Maniscalco, Glenn DePaolo and Maria DePaolo. As alleged in the court filings, the defendants conspired to distribute their products to those desiring their products from September 2016 to January 2017. No allegations of murder, theft or other crimes involving any victims were revealed in the complaints; only that the defendants were operating a supply & demand business.

These arrests were the result of a long-term taxpayer-funded investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which is comprised of agents and officers of the DEA, the New York City Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the New York State Police, the U. S. Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Marshal Service, New York National Guard, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance, the Clarkstown Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Port Washington Police Department and New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The Strike Force is partially funded by the New York/New Jersey High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), which is a federally funded crime fighting initiative. No word yet on how much taxpayer money has been spent with all these agencies investigatory efforts to charge the defendants on the victim-less crime charges.

The charges were announced by James J. Hunt, Special Agent-in-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division, Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York, Commissioner James P. O’Neill of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and George P. Beach, Superintendent of the New York State Police.

 

 

 

The charges in the indictment and complaints are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted of the most serious offense, the defendants face up to 20 years of imprisonment.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Karthik Srinivasan and Alicia N. Washington.

The Defendants:
Michael Calabria, 49, of Staten Island
Joseph Calabria, 52, of Staten Island
Stephen Delpriore, 55, of Staten Island
Devida Lombardo, 46, of Staten Island
Ugo Gallo, 46, of Staten Island
Carol Monforte, 57, of Staten Island
Vincent Maniscalco, 55, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Glenn Depaolo, 59, of Staten Island
Maria Depaolo, 55, of Staten Island

E.D.N.Y. Docket Numbers:
United States v. Michael Calabria, et al, 17-CR-91
United States v. Carol Monforte et al, 17-MJ-170
United States v. Ugo Gallo, 17-MJ-171

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