QUEENS — A Corona man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for smuggling more than 50 kilos of cocaine in yucca shipments from Costa Rica to their family pizza shop, federal prosecutors said.
Angelo Gigliotti, 36, was convicted last July in Brooklyn Federal Court of conspiracy to import and possess cocaine. His mother, Eleonora Gigliotti, was sentenced to seven years in prison in May and his father, Gregorio Gigliotti, is facing 18 years.
“The defendants used their family restaurant in Corona, Queens, as well as a produce importation company, to import over 50 kilograms of cocaine worth millions of dollars from Costa Rica. The prison sentences imposed on the defendants put an end to the transnational drug trafficking they conducted behind the disguise of local businesses,” Acting United States Attorney Bridget Rohde said in a statement.
The family was busted after Homeland Security and FBI agents intercepted about 55 kilograms of cocaine between October and December 2014 that was bound for their restaurant, Cucino Amodo Mio, through their import company, Fresh Farm Produce Export Corp.
They were arrested on May 11, 2015 after the feds raided their 108th Street restaurant, where they found a 12-gauge shotgun, loaded revolvers and pistols, brass knuckles and more than $100,000 in cash, according to prosecutors.
The family told DNAinfo New York in 2014 they wanted “to give a home feeling” of Italy at their restaurant, which offered 15 types of pizza.
Yucca was not featured on the restaurant’s menu.
Gigliotti is also facing 10 years of supervised release after he serves his prison term.
His lawyer did not return an immediate request for comment.