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Reputed Mafioso arrested on drug charges

By Travis Andersen
Globe Staff / May 21, 2010

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Reputed New England Mafia capo Mark Rossetti was arrested yesterday at his East Boston home on suspicion of heroin trafficking, State Police said.

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said Rossetti, 50, and six others were arrested in Revere and East Boston after a lengthy investigation. Troopers recovered large amounts of drugs and cash from homes in both cities when they executed search warrants yesterday afternoon, Procopio said.

Some of the suspects will face charges of trafficking at least 14 grams of heroin, while others could face charges of distributing more than 100 grams.

He would not say how much heroin Rossetti is suspected of trafficking.

Procopio described Rossetti as a significant player in the trafficking ring, which police believe distributed heroin in Lawrence, Lynn, and surrounding communities.

Rossetti is scheduled to be arraigned today in Lynn District Court.

He was arrested on a warrant charging him with trafficking heroin and could face multiple counts, Procopio said.

The other suspects are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Lynn District Court and Chelsea District Court.

Procopio said police were executing a third search warrant at an undisclosed location last night.

He said the State Police investigation is ongoing. Boston and Revere police assisted in the arrests yesterday.

The Globe reported in 2003 that authorities had identified Rossetti as one of a handful of leaders remaining in New England’s infamous Patriarca crime family.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com.

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