Alleged ‘Ndrangheta boss Gabriele “El Italiano” Biondo made an initial appearance in federal court in Boston on Thursday in connection with a 1,500-kilo cocaine shipment. Biondo is an Italian national who was extradited to the United States from Spain. He is alleged to have been in close contact with Colombian drug cartels.
The Calabrian Mafia leader was arraigned on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine onboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine onboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
The announcement was made by DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle, United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts, John Gibbons. Valuable assistance was provided by the Colombian National Police, the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Portuguese Air Force.
Biondo faces life in prison and a $10 million-dollar fine.
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