Alleged Mob Captain and Top Associate Found Guilty in Connection with Breaking and Entering
Conviction Results From Multi-Agency Investigation into Highly Organized Criminal Enterprise
BOSTON – The leader of a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise in Eastern Massachusetts and one of his associates have been found guilty in connection with ordering a breaking and entering into a Roslindale home to steal heroin and money, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
Following a seven day trial, a Suffolk Superior Court jury found defendants Mark Rossetti, 52, of East Boston, and Yasmani Quezada, age 30, of Revere, each guilty of one count of Breaking and Entering with Intent to Commit a Felony Therein. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Connors will sentence the defendants on July 26.
“We are pleased that the jury has found both defendants guilty of ordering a breaking and entering to steal heroin and money from a home in Roslindale,” said AG Coakley. “We thank the jury for their service during this trial. We would also like to thank the Essex District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police for their assistance in this case. This is an important step in our effort to combat organized crime and we will now focus on prosecuting these defendants on the remaining charges.”
“This verdict represents the value of close inter-agency collaboration and effective use of the statewide grand jury. I am pleased that our collective hard work has resulted in a guilty finding of Mr. Rossetti. I am optimistic that law enforcement will continue to effectively target organized crime using this case as an example,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said. “Violent criminals are off the streets today in large part due to electronic surveillance which resulted in the discovery of evidence of serious criminal activity by Mr. Rossetti and others.”
Today’s verdict is the result of a multi-agency targeted investigation into a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that operated throughout eastern Massachusetts. The investigation, conducted jointly by the Attorney General’s Office, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police Special Service Section, resulted in the arrest and indictment of multiple individuals involved in extortion, drug trafficking, robberies, assaults and other crimes.
In October 2010, AG Coakley, DA Blodgett, and recently retired Colonel Marian J. McGovern, former superintendent of the State Police, announced the indictments of 31 individuals in connection with this highly organized and violent criminal enterprise. Many of these cases are still being prosecuted.
In late 2009, a joint investigation began into a criminal network in eastern Massachusetts involving the trafficking of drugs, extortionate activity, money laundering, loan sharking (criminal usury), armed home invasion, kidnapping, armed robbery, illegal possession of loaded firearms, the illegal possession of a pipe bomb, assault and battery, witness intimidation, bookmaking (unlawful gaming), conspiracy, and perjury, among other crimes.
Throughout the course of the investigation, authorities executed 30 search warrants on several locations and seized $1.3 million in cash associated with illegal gaming and loan sharking, $120,000 in drug money, over a kilo of heroin, 200 pounds of marijuana, 9 scales, a heroin press, a police scanner, two bullet proof vests, a pipe bomb, a replica Uzi machine gun, a rifle, a loaded handgun and five motor vehicles.
The suspected leader of the criminal network, Rossetti, was indicted in October 2010 by a Statewide Grand Jury in connection with organizing this criminal network involved in extortion, drug trafficking, robberies, assaults and other crimes. Utilizing state-of-the art investigative techniques, investigators and prosecutors developed evidence against Rossetti and other individuals associated with the criminal organization and identified Yasmani Quezada as Rossetti’s associate. The investigation revealed that Rossetti and Quezada ordered two other associates, Edward Harris and Michael Prochilo, Jr., to break into a Roslindale home to steal to heroin and money. The cases against Harris and Prochilo, Jr. are still pending.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Dean Mazzone, Chief of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division and Assistant Attorney General Patrick Hanley, also of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, with assistance from Shannon Legrice of the AG’s Victim/Witness Services Division, Dave Swan of the AG’s Computer Forensics Lab, and paralegal Lindsay Bonda, from the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division. This case was investigated by the Boston Police Department Special Investigations Unit and the Revere Police Department Drug Unit. The initial investigation was handled by the Special Service Section of the Massachusetts State Police, the Essex District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from various local police departments.