2016-05-04 / Front Page

Judge Orders Psych Test For Corona ‘Mob’ Mom

By Liz Goff
The wife of an alleged mob associate could avoid prosecution on federal drug smuggling charges if she is found mentally unfit to stand trial, authorities said.

An attorney for Eleanora Gigliotti last week told a Brooklyn Federal Court judge that numerous misconduct violations issued to his client, while she is awaiting trial, were caused by an undisclosed medical condition.

The judge ordered Gigliotti to undergo a competency test to determine if she is mentally unfit to stand trial on the federal drug charges.

Federal agents busted Gregorio and Eleanora Gigliotti and their son, Angelo on March 11, 2015, on charges of running a massive cocaine operation that imported 55 kilos of cocaine in a shipment of vegetables.

The family owned several businesses tied to drug trafficking, including the Cucin a Modo Pizzeria on 108th Street, in the middle of the “Little Italy” section of Corona, a criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court states.

Court papers say the Gigliotti’s are allegedly associates of an organized crime family in Italy and Gregorio is an associate of Genovese capo Anthony (Tough Tony) Federici, owner of the Park Side Restaurant, located in the same section of Corona.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents said between September 16, 2012 and March 2015, “the defendants imported a total of 57 cargo containers of fresh cassava, a vegetable also commonly known as yucca, from Costa Rica.”

Wiretaps obtained by federal agents revealed that Gregorio sent his wife and son to Costa Rica in August 2014 to deliver a suitcase filled with $400,000 in cash to a drug dealer who goes by the name “Armondo.”

Federal agents later seized yucca shipped by Gregorio in October and December 2014, one shipment containing 40 kilos of cocaine and another containing 15 kilos of cocaine, the complaint states. The agents removed the 40 kilos of cocaine and left 1,200 containers of yucca onboard the shipment before forwarding it for delivery to the family’s warehouse, court papers state.

Court papers state that Gregorio was later heard on the wiretaps discussing the missing cocaine with his contact in Costa Rica saying, “Things are bad.” He remained focused and arranged for another shipment a week later, court papers state.

Federal authorities said more than 30 federal agents raided the Corona pizzeria during business hours on March 11, 2015, where they seized $100,000 cash and six guns from a safe in the store restaurant.

Agents sealed the restaurant after arresting the Gigliotti’s, who were held without bail. The drug-dealing family members face 30-years-to life in prison if convicted of the charges.

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