You are reading

Woodside man who smuggled 50kg of cocaine through his family restaurant sentenced to 20 years


June 23, 2017 By Christian Murray

A Woodside man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for smuggling more than 50 kilos of cocaine from Costa Rico to his family’s Italian restaurant in Corona, according to federal prosecutors.

Angelo Giliotti, 36, was convicted last July along with his father, Gregorio Giliotti, for participating in a long-running cocaine importation scheme. His father was sentenced to 18 years in prison in April.

Meanwhile, his mother, Eleonor Gigliottti, who was also involved in the drug-trafficking operation was sentenced to 7 years in prison last month.

According to the charges, law enforcement officials intercepted and seized about 55 kilograms of cocaine that had been hidden in boxes of cassava and shipped to the Gigliotti’s Corona-based Italian restaurant, Cucino Amodo Mio at 51-01 108th Street.

The Gigliottis were arrested on March 11, 2015, and when police executed a search warrant for the restaurant they found seven guns, various gun paraphernalia, a handwritten ledger showing the movement of more than $350,000, and $100,000 in cash.

“The defendants used their family restaurant in Corona as well as a produce importation company, to import over 50 kilograms of cocaine worth millions of dollars from Costa Rica. The prison sentences imposed on the defendants put an end to the transnational drug trafficking they conducted behind the disguise of local businesses,” Acting United States Attorney Bridget Rohde said in a statement.

Gigliotti is also facing 10 years of supervised release after he serves his prison term.



email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Crunching the Queens crime numbers: felony assaults across the borough on the rise, burglaries down slightly in northern Queens

Feb. 21, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

The number of felony assaults across Queens increased during the 28-day period from Jan. 22 through Feb. 18, compared to the same period of time last year, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Tuesday. At the same time, the number of reported burglaries experienced a slight but noticeable drop in northern Queens.