For Immediate Release - November 30, 2012

Revere Woman Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Three Years in Prison on Drug Charges

Authorities Believe Defendant Sold Drugs on Break from Job at Elementary School

BOSTON – A Revere woman associated with alleged mob captain Mark Rossetti has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to three years in state prison in connection with drug charges, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. 

Rose Cefalo, age 31, of Revere, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court to charges of Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute (2 counts), Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute in a School Zone, Conspiracy to Traffic in Heroin, and Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine. After the plea was entered, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Diane Kottmyer sentenced Cefalo to three years to three years and one day in state prison.

“This defendant was connected to a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise in the Commonwealth and regularly sold drugs,” AG Coakley said.  “What is most disturbing is that this defendant sold drugs during her lunch break from an elementary school. She is being held accountable for threatening the safety of our communities and our children.”

Today’s sentence 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, DA Blodgett began an investigation into organized crime in conjunction with the State Police Special Service Section.  That investigation sprawled and successfully infiltrated a vast 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. As the investigation developed and crimes outside of Essex County were identified, DA Blodgett and AG Coakley collaborated resources, leading to one of the first and most successful uses of the Statewide Grand Jury, which heard evidence for five months, much of it gathered utilizing state-of-the art investigative techniques.  Investigators and prosecutors developed evidence against Rossetti and other individuals associated with the criminal organization and successfully dismantled it.  To date, nearly 20 defendants have been found guilty in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk and Plymouth Counties.

The investigation revealed that Cefalo and another co-defendant, Yasmani Quezada, allegedly conspired among themselves and with others to sell heroin, cocaine and other controlled substances. Additionally, as a result of the investigation, it was revealed that Cefalo would, on a daily basis, sell heroin and cocaine to customers during her lunch break from her job at an elementary school in Boston.

Rose Cefalo was arrested and subsequently arraigned in Chelsea District Court in May 2010. In July 2010, Cefalo was indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury and arraigned. She pleaded guilty yesterday and was sentenced to three years in state prison. The drug case against Quezada is pending.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Patrick Hanley, of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes, with assistance from Dean Mazzone, Chief of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division and Marina Moriarty, also of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division. Essex County First Assistant District Attorney John Dawley is prosecuting all defendants charged in Essex County. Shannon Legrice of the AG’s Victim/Witness Services Division and paralegal Lindsay Bonda, from the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, also assisted in the case. It was investigated 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, most prominently with respect to this defendant, the Drug Control Unit of the Revere Police Department.

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