John Gotti’s Grandson Arrested for Selling OxyContin

By Seth Ferranti 08/08/16

John Gotti's grandson and namesake was caught on tape boasting about selling thousands of oxycodone pills after authorities placed a listening device in his car.

John Gotti’s Grandson Arrested for Selling OxyContin
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Since being arrested on drug charges last Thursday, John Gotti's grandson has reportedly entered a drug detox program at Rikers Island, according to his attorney Gerard Marrone. This is the younger John Gotti’s second arrest this summer. On June 30, cops discovered a Gucci bag containing 205 oxycodone pills, 18 methadone pills, Xanax, marijuana and testosterone in his Jeep. 

“I was stupid, young and dumb,” Gotti told the Daily News in an interview from his Rikers cellblock on Saturday. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown accused Gotti and a crew of dope dealers of moving oxycodone pills in Howard Beach and Ozone Park for almost $25 a pop. Detectives seized $40,000 in cash and 500 oxycodone pills from a safe in Gotti’s bedroom. This was the first time that law enforcement had entered the infamous Gotti household. 

“They destroyed the house,” Marrone said. Gotti was in bed with his girlfriend, Eleanor Gabrielli, who was also arrested. He told the Daily News that he would’ve preferred to receive the news of the impending raid from his lawyer and would have gladly turned himself in, instead of enduring the cops kicking in his doors “like they’re filming a five-star dramatic movie scene”—antics he considered overkill.

Gotti told the Daily News that his Howard Beach neighborhood was a “toxic environment.” But police say Gotti contributed to that toxicity by selling drugs around his grandfather's home. Cops also witnessed Gotti selling drugs in front of Rebel Ink Tattoo Parlor, which he co-owns, on Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park. "Operation Beach Party" was the months-long investigation that brought down the mafia legend’s scions.

Gotti boasted on a protection recording that he sold 4,200 pills and made in excess of $100,000 every month. Just like his grandfather, the younger Gotti was caught on tape after authorities placed a listening device in his Infiniti sedan. Narcotics cops made 11 buys from Gotti, spending over $46,000 for oxycodone. Also charged, and ranging from 23 to 57 years old, were Edward Holohan, Dawn Biers, Michael Farduchi, Justin Testa, Steve Kruger, Melissa Erul and Shaine Hack. Cops seized $200,000 at Hack’s house in Howard Beach. 

Gotti is currently being held without bail until his court date on August 31. He spent the night in the jail infirmary to detox from oxycodone. He told the Daily News that he wasn’t addicted to painkillers, but that detox made it easier for him mentally.

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