Twenty-two defendants including reputed mobsters have been charged for their alleged roles "in a $15 million cross-country pot-distribution operation" as reported by the Daily News:
Several defendants hail from four of the city's five Mafia families, police said. Reputed mobster Michael (Mickey Boy) Paradiso, 76, of Staten Island, faces a conspiracy count in the marijuana case. He has not yet seen a judge. Larwrence Dentico of La Jolla, Calif., the 33-year-old grandson of Genovese capo Lawrence Dentico, was also busted, as were two Colombo associates and a Gambino associate.
The accused ringleaders are John Kelly and Richard Sinde. Sinde currently is serving a sentence for peddling Viagra for the Bonanno family.
Prosecutors also have charged Frank Parisi who is a fourth-generation member of the family which runs Parisi Bakery on Mott Street in Little Italy: "Frank Parisi, 60, is accused of possessing more than 20 pounds of marijuana," and "had packing supplies in an apartment that shares a building with the iconic Italian bakery in Nolita, according to an indictment."