BOSTON — A reputed East Boston mob boss with connections to a North Andover loan shark pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to traffic heroin in Salem Superior Court yesterday.
Mark Rossetti, 53, of East Boston, was sentenced him to 12 years to 12 years and day in state prison.
In October 2010, the Eastern Essex District Attorney’s office, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Massachusetts State Police announced the indictment of 31 individuals connected to a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that operated throughout eastern Massachusetts under the direction of Rossetti.
The Attorney General’s Office convicted Rossetti in July for breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony. He was sentenced to serve 7 to 9 years in state prison.
The investigation started as a look into a local bookmaker and loan shark, Joseph Giallanella (aka Jason Peters), age 64, of North Andover, and ballooned into a sweeping organized crime investigation across eastern Massachusetts. Giallanella pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to organizing and promoting gaming, usury and accessory after the fact of larceny. He will be sentenced on March 11, 2013.