Point Pleasant man sentenced for selling Crystal Meth, Heroin & Fentanyl
A Point Pleasant man will spend the next decade behind bars after being sentenced for selling 300 grams of crystal meth along with thousands of pills containing heroin or fentanyl, announced U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.
Carl Chianese, 80, previously plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
He also admitted a violation of his supervised release by committing the drug trafficking offense while on court supervision for two earlier federal drug trafficking cases that involved the distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine.
Judge Kugler imposed the sentence on Wednesday in Camden federal court.
Carpenito said that Chianese, along with conspirator Joseph Servidio, distributed pills that contained heroin or fentanyl and both men were also involved in the distribution of multiple ounce quantities of crystal methamphetamine.
Chianese and Servidio sold the pills and crystal methamphetamine on multiple occasions to an FBI undercover agent in exchange for cash payments.
Carpenito said that according to law enforcement sources, Servidio is a member of La Cosa Nostra, a Sicilian mafia.
The drug transactions included the sale of 300 pills containing heroin, which were sold to the FBI agent at a Garden State Parkway rest stop on December 23, 2016.
In total, Chianese was responsible for the distribution of over 200 grams of fentanyl and heroin, and approximately 300 grams of crystal methamphetamine.
He was arrested by FBI agents at his residence on March 14, 2018.
During a search of his residence by FBI agents a .38 caliber revolver was recovered along with a magazine for a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and over $25,000 in cash.
Chianese agreed to the forfeiture of the firearm and cash, which was ordered by the court as part of the sentence imposed.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Kugler sentenced Chianese to three years of supervised release.
Servidio pleaded guilty June 17, 2019, to his role in the conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Kugler on March 26, 2020.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick C. Askin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Camden Office.
Defense counsel: Mark Catanzaro Esq., Mount Holly, New Jersey.
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