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New England mobster sentenced for drug conspiracy

By David Amoruso

Louis L. DiNunzio, an alleged member of the New England Family of La Cosa Nostra was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston this week for conspiring to traffic over 40 kilograms of marijuana. The 29-year-old mobster was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $10,000. 

In September 2015, DiNunzio, of Medford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana from July 2013 to February 2014.

In 2013, law enforcement initiated a long-term investigation, known as Operation Excalibur, into drug-trafficking, illegal gambling, extortion, and other criminal activity by the members and associates of the New England Family of La Cosa Nostra. DiNunzio allegedly was a member of the crime family and is the son of former family boss Anthony DiNunzio - photo right, who is currently in federal prison for RICO conspiracy.  As part of the conspiracy, DiNunzio and others purchased large quantities of marijuana and shipped them via UPS under fictitious names to Massachusetts.  

Earlier this month, two other alleged New England mob associates involved in the conspiracy were sentenced. 30-year-old Joseph Spagnuolo-Kazonis, of Boston, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $10,000. 43-year-old John Woodman, of Braintree, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, and ordered to pay a fine of $4,000 and to forfeit $5,000.

In additional cases arising from this investigation, Anthony Spagnolo (67) and Pryce Quintina (75) both of Revere, pleaded guilty in December 2015 to conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by extortion and will be sentenced in March 2016.  On Jan. 13, 2016, John Evans, 68, of Middleborough, and Joseph Petrucelli, 24, of Winthrop, pleaded guilty to conducting an illegal gambling business and will be sentenced in April 2016.

The New England crime family is going through a tense period at the moment with several of its bosses getting out of prison around the same time and various law enforcement busts crippling the organization’s operations.

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