Prosecutors say a made mob man is among four people locked up today in the latest arrests stemming from an ongoing state police probe into organized crime.
State police and other agencies on Thursday raided 13 locations in Massachusetts and another in New Hampshire, discovering a pipe bomb, a fully automatic machine gun with ammunition, about 200 pounds of marijuana and nearly $2 million dollars in cash.
Among the men arrested was Michael Prochilo, an alleged made man who was caught on camera by FOX Undercover last fall meeting with the leaders of the New England mob.
Prochilo was seen at Carmen’s Kitchen in East Boston, sitting across the table from Peter Limone, the man law enforcement calls the boss of the New England mob.
Prochilo was in Suffolk Superior Court today, charged with breaking and entering. But Assistant Attorney General Dean Mazzone says the case is about much more than that, and identified Prochilo as a made man.
“This is the culmination of a long-term, multi-jurisdiction, multi-state, multi-law enforcement agency investigation into a criminal conspiracy and a criminal organization centered around one Mark Rossetti,” Mazzone said.
The arrest last month of Mark Rossetti, an alleged mob captain, was the first in what has turned into an expansive probe into organized crime and drug dealing.
Prochilo and another man arrested Thursday, Edward Harris, were working for Rossetti when the pair broke into an alleged drug dealer's home in Roslindale to steal heroin and cash, Mazzone said, evidence of which is caught on video and audio recordings.
“The evidence against (Prochilo) is overwhelming. The video surveillance again at the time of the break-in shows the defendant. Recorded conversations corroborate the fact that he was an eager participant in the crime,” Mazzone said.
Both Harris and Prochilo, who have long criminal records, pleaded not guilty.
Harris’ attorney denies his client is involved in organized crime.
“Unfortunately, to quote Shakespeare, this is much ado about nothing. This appears to be a very serious conspiracy, with Mr. Harris being a very small part of it. If in fact there is any,” said defense attorney Alfred Saggese.
Prochilo is being held on $250,000 cash bail. Harris is being held on $150,000 cash bail. State police say additional charges and more arrests are possible.