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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Feds drop charges against Drita from Mob Wives but plan to go after her husband

“Mob Wives” star Drita D’Avanzo and her allegedly mob-connected husband were cleared on state drug and weapons charges Friday, following a raid at her Staten Island home last year, The Post has learned.
But so-called goodfella Lee D’Avanzo still has the feds to deal with.
Staten Island prosecutors dropped the 17 felony and misdemeanor counts — including criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17 — on Friday morning, according to attorneys and the district attorney’s office.
The couple was charged on Dec. 20 after cops raided their Pleasant Plains home and turned up two loaded Smith & Wesson firearms, pain killers and a large stash of marijuana — which could have been accessed by their 12-year-old daughter — according to the criminal complaint.
However, Lee D’Avanzo still faces a federal gun charge for possessing a gun while being a convicted felon, court records show.
D’Avanzo, who served time for bank robbery, was arraigned in the Eastern District of New York on the indictment Monday, where he pleaded not guilty, according to court records and his attorney.
A spokesman for the Staten Island District Attorney said in a statement the Eastern District “superseded our case” and dismissed the charges against  D’Avanzo’s wife “in the interest of justice” because she was not the target of the search warrant.
His attorney, James Froccaro, reiterated D’Avanzo’s innocence Friday, adding that he was “very happy” for the case to be tossed against his client’s wife, Drita D’Avanzo.
Drita D’Avanzo’s attorney declined to comment beyond confirming the charges were dropped.
Drita starred in the VH1 reality-TV show “Mob Wives” that was canceled in 2016 after six seasons.
Her husband is accused of “leading the Bonanno and Colombo crime family farm team,” according to her biography page.



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