AN ALLEGED ASSOCIATE OF NEW JERSEY’S DECAVALCANTE CRIME FAMILY CONVICTED of gun + cocaine possession
That gun and the grams of coke? Yeah, those were his, an alleged associate of New Jersey’s DeCavalcante crime family admitted in court on Monday. 28-year-old Mario Galli III (photo above) of Toms River, NJ, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of a FEG 9mm Model PGK-9HP gun, loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition, by a convicted felon in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
On September 19, 2019, investigators from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office executed search warrants on Galli’s residence and recovered around 400 grams of cocaine. The search also recovered an FEG 9mm Model PGK-9HP gun loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition. At the time, Galli was on supervised release from a 2016 federal conviction for conspiracy to distribute in excess of 500 grams of cocaine. He served 30 months in federal prison on that charge.
The charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The count of being a felon being in possession of a firearm during a drug crime carries a penalty of five years in prison which must be served consecutively to the penalty for the drug crime, and a $250,000 fine.
Galli will be sentenced on July 7, 2020.
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