Gregorio Gigliotti his wife Eleonora Gigliotti and their son have all been arrested accused of using their pizzeria and produce businesses as fronts for an Italian and New York mafia-linked cocaine operation.
The Queens family ran a drug operation that stretched from Costa Rica to Corona according to the complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal court. Gregorio is an alleged associate of Italy’s Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia and possibly business neighbor Genovese family captain Anthony Federicci according to law enforcement.
The local pizzeria named Cucino a Modo Mio in Corona was raided by more than 30 officers blowing the lid off of the mob-tied drug business. Cocaine shipments were orchestrated using containers of Yucca shipped out of Costa Rica by drug contacts to a port in Delaware where it was picked up and trucked to the families Bronx-based produce warehouse according to reports.
Wiretaps placed at the pizzeria captured the pizzeria patriarch talking about sending his wife to deliver a drug payment of $400,000 to his drug contacts last year in Costa Rica. Authorities claim over the last six months the family has received approx 55 kilos of cocaine worth about two million dollars. All three members of the family are now facing life in prison if convicted.