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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mafia wife pleads guilty to smuggling cocaine out of Queens pizzeria

The matriarch of a mob-connected Queens clan pleaded guilty in Brooklyn court on Monday to smuggling drugs through the family’s pizzeria.

Eleonora Gigliotti, 56, copped to one count of conspiracy to import cocaine, months after her husband, Gregorio — a reputed Genovese associate — and son, Angelo, were found guilty of smuggling 55 kilograms of cocaine from Costa Rica.

The family members hid the coke inside boxes of yucca, using their Queens pizzeria, Cucino a Modo Mio, as a front, prosecutors said.

All told, they smuggled over $1 million worth of drugs in two separate shipments in 2014, hiding the cocaine inside the box flaps.
Angelo Gigliotti

Eleonora delivered $360,000 to the dealers in Costa Rica and shipped the drugs back to a warehouse in the Bronx, prosecutors said.

The family stored their drug money, guns, ammunition and books for their illicit transactions inside the pizzeria.

Eleonora — who had previously been deemed mentally unfit to stand trial — faces a mandatory five years in prison, but could be ordered to serve up to 17-1/2 years.

Her sentencing was scheduled for April 12.

As part of the plea deal, Gigliotti agreed to pay $1.625 million in forfeitures. If her case had gone to trial, the matriarch could have faced life in prison.

Angelo, 36, faces 15 years in prison and Gregorio 20 years behind bars.

They’re expected to be sentenced on March 20.



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