For Immediate Release - July 26, 2012

Alleged Mob Captain and Top Associate Sentenced to Prison in Connection With Breaking and Entering

BOSTON – The leader of a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise in Eastern Massachusetts and one of his associates have been sentenced to state prison in connection with ordering a breaking and entering into a Roslindale home to steal heroin and money, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. 

On July 19, following a seven day trial, a Suffolk Superior Court jury found defendants Mark Rossetti, 52, of East Boston, and Yasmani Quezada, age 31, of Revere, each guilty of one count of Breaking and Entering with Intent to Commit a Felony Therein. Today, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Connors sentenced Rossetti to seven to nine years in state prison. Judge Connors sentenced Quezada to four-and-a-half to seven years in state prison.

Today’s outcome 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.

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