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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Gambino associate cops plea deal in exchange for 7 years in prison

A reputed Gambino associate whose disintegrating marriage was featured on the 2011 reality show “I Married a Mobster” took a plea deal Wednesday in exchange for 7 years in prison.
Fiore “Philly” Caruso, 59, pleaded guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a firearm in Manhattan court.

Caruso’s previous wife Cheryl (far left) was featured in “I Married a Mobster.”

Caruso was busted back in December for allegedly selling undercover cops $23,000 worth of cocaine and nearly $17,000 in guns, according to the office of the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan.
Caruso and his three cohorts — including his much younger 25-year-old wife, Berenice Albarran — met with undercovers at least six times between August and December of 2014.
They conducted the drug and gun sales at places like an East Village Starbucks and near Bryant Park, authorities said.
In 1995, Caruso was slapped with 15 years to life in prison for running a drug ring in Nassau County –- a life he kept secret from his then-wife Cheryl, he admitted on the popular Discovery TV show.
“It was a traumatic experience — obviously, I’d never been to prison before,” he said on the show. “It was really a depressing place, some of the cells, they look like dungeons.”
On the show, he also boasted about laundering $150,000 a week for the mafia and using violence to encourage debt repayment.



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