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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Convicted mobster alleges Feds planted biochip on him


The story of Vincent Michael Marino, aka Gigi Portalla, is one of drugs, violence, the New England mob -- and on its surface, seemingly wacky allegations of the DEA implanting him with a microchip to track his movements in the 1990s.
Marino was a bruiser in the Massachusetts organized crime scene back in the 1990s. He got sent to federal prison in the late 1990s and now he's housed in a penitentiary in Louisiana. Marino's life got complicated in Nov. 1996, when some people tried to kill him.
He was shot in the buttocks, taken to a hospital, and had surgery to remove the bullet, while law enforcement officers looked on. About a month later, he and a buddy were arrested at an airport and charged with drug trafficking allegations.
Now here is where it gets interesting: Marino alleges that, after his arrest, a federal agent approached him to sign a consent form to remove a biochip device from his body, which they had used to track him. Marino refused to sign. A subsequent x-ray would later find that there was some type of foreign object in his abdomen.
Marino filed complaints with the feds, who did some due diligence and determined that the federal agent was joking around with Marino during his arrest in telling him that they had biochip'ed him. Marino also filed an earlier lawsuit about the alleged implantation of a biochip, but it was dismissed by a federal court.
It appears that Marino has been housed in federal prison for more than 10 years while waiting for a simple MRI to be done that would further prove -- or refute -- the existence of some type of biochip in his body. If a biochip is there, one would have to wonder that his conviction would be overturned as a violation of his civil rights.
Did the technology exist in the 1990s for the implantation of some type of biochip that could track people? This New York Times article, which covered Marino's earlier lawsuit in 1999, certainly considers its plausibility.
Marino refiled a lawsuit last month in the U.S. District Court in Washington DC. Below is the complaint. At this point, I'm not sure why it's taken over 10 years to just give Marino an MRI to prove, once and for all, that he either does or does not have a biochip in him.
He appears to have some medical evidence for an "artifact" being in him, through an x-ray that was done on him. An MRI has to be cheaper than defending against his lawsuits, which apparently no one takes too seriously.
Or, is this the delusion of a convicted mobster?




  1. Free Vincent Marino
    DEA/Gov implanted a bio Chip in Vincent Marino an American born citizen a bio chip is there, one would have to wonder why his conviction was not overturned it is a violation of his civil rights. If we can not hold the Government accountable for their actions than who does. The gov can go around chipping any one they want that's not right i thought this was America not nazi Germany.

  2. I grew up there and knew him, I grew up in Chelsea in the 80s-90s, it was the wild west for us back them, only made possible by the corrupt police and polititions, after all, they were bad guys he was trying to get rid of...he has paid his dues!!! Fred Collari Jr.

  3. I grew up back then and knew him, it was like the wild west back then and alor of people chose the wrong path, ir was only made possible by all the corrupt police and polititians, I grew up in Chelsea and seen it first hand, after all they were all bad people he wanted to kill, he paid his dues....he was a solid, stand up guy! Fred Collari Jr