Seven people, including late mob boss John Gotti’s grandson, were arrested on accusations of selling pharmaceuticals in Howard Beach and Ozone Park, Queens, over a 12-month span.
On Thursday, Queens DA Richard A. Brown announced that search warrants executed at Rebel Ink Tattoo Parlor, where Gotti is allegedly a partner, three residences and two of Gotti’s cars recovered approximately $240,000 in cash, more than 850 oxycodone and Xanax pills and drug record-keeping ledgers.
"The drug in which the defendants are alleged to have primarily trafficked – oxycodone – is especially popular with club patrons despite the fact that it poses serious health risks," Brown said. "Today’s arrests not only cut off the suppliers of these drugs, but the distributors as well."
The seven defendants, including John Gotti, Justin Testa, Shaine Hack, Steve Kruger, Edward Holohan, Michael Farduchi and Melissa Erul, were variously charged with first-, second- and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, conspiracy and money laundering, the DA stated. Gotti, Kruger and Testa were additionally charged as traffickers.