A grandma has been sentenced to seven years for her involvement in a family-run cocaine operation. According to the NY Daily News, the international drug trafficking took place from the family's pizzeria in Queens, New York.
Elenora Gigliotti, 56, as well as her husband, Gregorio, and son, Angelo, were all charged in 2015 for running a drug operation. Using their family's restaurant, Cucino a Modo Mio, they shipped cocaine in cassava shipments. Authorities allege that the family had connections to Italy and Costa Rica and had imported at least 120 kilos of coke since 2012. When the restaurant was raided, police found a drug deal ledger, more than $100,000 in cash and weapons.
Authorities allege that the Gigliotti family had "close business ties" to organized crime as well.
In April 2016, Elenora was deemed mentally unfit for trial. She was hospitalized for about six months and eventually pled guilty for her role in the operation. Last week after sentencing, she apologized for her crimes and said that she wanted "to be a good mother and grandmother when I get out."
[Photo: Brooklyn Attorney's Office]