Boston Bombings: FBI Agent at Center of Case is Under Investigation for Ties to Mafia Boss Accused of Heroin Dealing & Multiple Murders

Boston Bombings: FBI Agent at Center of Case is Under Investigation for Ties to Mafia Boss Accused of Heroin Dealing & Multiple Murders

Photo: The FBI's Richard DesLauriers, who led the local investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings.

By Milton J. Valencia

Boston Globe, April 22, 2013

Richard DesLauriers was one of several law enforcement officials at Fenway Park Saturday afternoon, invited by the Red Sox to honor the officials for their handling of the Boston Marathon bombings and the capture of one of the suspects.

It was the Red Sox’ first home game since the Marathon, and the law enforcement officials were welcomed as heroes. ...

In what was perhaps Boston’s most intense week of law enforcement activity, DesLauriers, a Massachusetts native who grew up in Longmeadow, was at the center — his trademark calm and “bookish” personality set the tone for the 100-hour-long investigation: the painstaking analysis of the crime scene, the scouring of countless video and photo images.

Despite successes, his office has also faced criticism.

By Milton J. Valencia and Boston Globe Staff

Mark Rossetti, the once-feared captain of the New England Mafia, appeared before a Suffolk Superior Court judge in jogging pants and handcuffs Friday and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, effectively punctuating a sweeping case that charged him with running a violent criminal enterprise across Eastern Massachusetts.

Rossetti, now 53 and silver-haired, had a controversial secret relationship with the FBI. He had pleaded guilty to usury and extortion, to lending money at exorbitant interest rates to a gambler, and to using threats to collect gambling debts for bookies.

He will serve the sentence concurrently with sentences for recent convictions of selling ­heroin and of breaking and entering to rob a ­rival drug dealer.

With the sentence Friday, the third and final punishment stemming from an indictment in 2010, Rossetti is sure to remain in prison until he is in his 60s, the latest blow to La Cosa ­Nostra in New England.

...Mark Rossetti was the leader of an extensive and violent criminal enterprise that for ­decades threatened the safety of our community, said Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose office sought indictments of Rossetti and about 30 other Mafia members and associates in October 2010 for running a vast enterprise known as the Rossetti organization....

...This sentence today is an important step in our efforts to combat organized crime, Coakley said, adding that "Rossetti and many of his asso­ciates have been taken off our streets and are no longer threats to public safety."...

Rossetti, after telling Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Locke that he worked in construction and never went past the ninth grade, said he understood the charges and his decision to plead guilty.

His attorney, Michael Doolin, said that his client was glad to resolve the case and

...looks forward to putting these ­issues behind him and getting on in his life....

The bureau has admitted to no wrongdoing and said it is conducting an internal review of the relationship.

Several of Rossetti’s associates sought dismissal of their cases, arguing they could not be convicted for conspiring with Rossetti because he had been a government informant, but their requests were denied.

A recent tally showed that nearly 20 of ­Rossetti’s associates have been convicted and are serving either prison terms or probation for a variety of crimes, including gambling, bookmaking, loansharking, drug dealing, and extortion

Assistant Attorney General Dean Mazzone had asked Locke for the 12-year prison sentence for Rossetti, citing his history as a Mafia leader.

“His record is a horrendous one,” Mazzone said. “The defendant was a capo in the Boston area Mafia. He directed various crimes over the course of several years.”

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