A reputed Gambino crime family associate was sentenced Monday to two years behind bars for his role in a $15 million, bi-coastal marijuana trafficking ring.
“I regret my actions,” Stephen Gallo, 66, mumbled before Judge Neil Ross scolded the alleged mobster and told him it was time to give up a life of crime.
“You are going to drive yourself into a situation where you will truly never be able to recover,” the judge told the aging mobster, who also battles an opioid addiction. “Mr. Gallo, put an end to it now.”
“I will your honor, I will,” he responded softly before he was whisked into a holding cell by court officers.
Defense attorney Robert Gallo–no relation–told the court before his client was sentenced that substance abuse had contributed to the purported associate’s role in the drug scheme.
The 66-year-old was part of a crew accused of shipping some 350 pounds of pot across the from California to New York from Feb. 2014 to Nov. 2014, using the U.S. Postal service or rented trucks.
Gallo has admitted to being the primary weed distributor and seller in New York, saying he used another defendant’s plumbing business to store and process the marijuana.