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Thursday, March 12, 2020

80 year old Philly mob associate sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug dealing

A reputed mob associate was sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison for distributing nearly a pound of crystal meth and thousands of pills with heroin and fentanyl with his associate, a reputed member of Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra.
Charles Chianese, 80, of Point Pleasant, was sentenced to 120 months in state prison on Wednesday for distributing two-thirds of a pound of crystal methamphetamine and thousands of pills containing heroin and the deadlier fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a statement. Chianese had been arrested and charged along with Joseph Servidio, a reputed mobster in La Cosa Nostra.
Servidio previously pleaded guilty in June 2019 and is scheduled for sentencing at the end of the month.
FBI agents arrested Chianese on March 2018 at the tail-end of an investigation that involved all the trappings of a mob movie: undercover drug buys, confiscated handguns and cash and covert recordings from an informant who was wearing a wire.
Together, Chianese and Servidio sold 300 pills containing heroin to an FBI agent at a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway on December 2016, the statement said. Both of the reputed mob members sold heroin and fentanyl pills along with crystal meth to an FBI undercover agent several times, the statement said. Chianese was responsible for distributing nearly half a pound of fentanyl and heroin and two-thirds of a pound of crystal meth, according to the statement.
When FBI agents arrested Chianese, they found a .38 caliber revolver, a magazine for a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and more than $25,000 in cash. In one of Servidio’s taped conversations that were cited in his criminal complaint, Servidio mentions purchasing a .38 caliber revolver because the gun left “no shells” as evidence.
“Well not, not to just to have, to use it and throw it the f--- away. … Don’t want no cases (casings) to come out. … A revolver, it’s better off," Servidio allegedly said on the tape.
Much of the duo’s conversations about everything from selling drugs to potential mob hits in New Jersey were caught on tape, among the key pieces of evidence that sunk both the reputed mobsters. The recorded meetings happened at Servidio’s house in Marmora, nearly 20 miles south of Atlantic City, and other places in the area. The meetings were included in the 64-page indictment filed against Servidio.
For three hours, the duo staked out a drug-dealing associate’s home, waiting until the man would be alone so they could kill him, the indictment said. The planned hit was revenge for the unnamed associate publicly bad-mouthing Servidio’s criminal activity. Servidio allegedly was caught on tape in June 2017, talking about how he and Chianese would get away with the hit, leaving no evidence behind.
In a bout of irony, one of the tapes includes Servidio allegedly discussing how one can get away with crimes no matter the evidence. Unless you’re caught on tape.
“Eighty percent of eyewitnesses got the wrong person," Servidio explained to the wired-up informant, according to the criminal complaint. "Eighty percent. They look like the person … so without any corroborating evidence, you can even beat that. The things you can’t beat are the tapes ... with you saying it.”



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