For Immediate Release - January 22, 2013

Alleged Mob Captain Pleads Guilty to Heroin Trafficking

Mark Rossetti, 53, of East Boston, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to traffic heroin today in Salem Superior Court.  Judge Howard Whitehead sentenced him to 12 years to 12 years and day in state prison.

In October 2010, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Massachusetts State Police announced the indictment of 31 individuals connected to a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that operated throughout eastern Massachusetts under the direction of Rossetti.

The Attorney General’s Office convicted Rossetti in July for breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony.  He was sentenced to serve 7 to 9 years in state prison.

The investigation started as a look into a local bookmaker and loan shark, Joseph Giallanella (aka Jason Peters), age 64, of North Andover, and ballooned into a sweeping organized crime investigation across eastern Massachusetts. Giallanella pleaded guilty on Friday, January 18th to organizing and promoting gaming, usury and accessory after the fact of larceny.  He will be sentenced on March 11, 2013.

“This case is an excellent example of the effectiveness of the statewide grand jury, and inter-agency cooperation in targeting, apprehending and convicting individuals involved with these criminal enterprises,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.  “This defendant has a long criminal history dating back to 1994 and includes violent offenses involving firearms that resulted in multiple state prison incarcerations.”

Essex First Assistant District Attorney John T. Dawley prosecuted the case.  Rossetti was represented by Attorney Michael Doolin.