In Lynn District Court, Essex county prosecutor John Dawley confirmed what FOX Undercover has already reported. Law enforcement believes Mark Rossetti is a captain In the Italian mob.
Rossetti currently holds the rank of capo in la cosa nostra. He has been a member of the Boston mafia and that arm for more than 20 years.
The prosecutor says Rossetti used his position in the mafia to help run a heroin ring.
FOX Undercover was there when a handcuffed Rossetti was brought into the state police barracks in Danvers Thursday. The culmination of a months-long investigation.
Rossetti is charged with trafficking heroin. The prosecutor says Rossetti brought a heroin supplier and a drug dealer together in the driveway of Rossetti’s East Boston home.
That's where state police arrested Rossetti and some of his five co-defendants. Rossetti’s clout with the mafia was clear last fall when we recorded this exclusive video at rosette’s mother's wake in East Boston.
The men believed to run the mafia in New England gathered to pay their respects.
There was Peter Limone, the boss of the New England mob, and Bobby Deluca, the underboss, up from Providence, R.I.
Rossetti’s attorney says her client is severely disabled with arthritis and surviving only on a social security benefit.
She said police didn't find drugs or other evidence at his house and questioned whether he was the kingpin prosecutors made him out to be.
FOX Undercover obtained Rossetti’s criminal record and it's long. It dates back to the 1970s and includes convictions for armed assault with intent to kill and multiple firearms charges.
The judge cited Rossetti’s record when he ordered him held on $250,000 cash bail.