Doctor Admits Sending 4 Kilos Of Cocaine To Pittsburgh Via Fedex
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, March 5, 2010, that on March 4, 2010, Dr. Vincent Colosimo, a resident of Henderson, Nevada, who operated a dental practice in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws. Dr. Colosimo is originally from the Pittsburgh area.
Colosimo, age 44, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.
In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle advised the court that from in or around June 2007 and continuing until on or about July 10, 2007, Colosimo conspired with Michael Edward Monz, Bernard J. Golling, and others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute approximately 4 kilograms of cocaine.
Eberle explained to the Court that on or about July 9, 2007, Colosimo placed approximately 4 kilograms of cocaine in a parcel and arranged for the parcel to be shipped via Federal Express from the Las Vegas area to an address on Sleepy Hollow Road in Pittsburgh. During the early morning hours of July 10, 2007, the parcel was intercepted by agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, who opened the parcel after obtaining a search warrant. The parcel was then delivered to the Sleepy Hollow Road residence where it was retrieved by Golling and Monz. When Golling arrived at the residence to obtain the parcel of cocaine, he was in full police uniform. At the time, Golling was a police officer with the South Fayette Township Police Department. Golling and Monz were arrested at the scene, and they are currently serving federal prison sentences stemming from this incident.
Pursuant to their arrangements, the cocaine was to be sold by Monz and Golling to customers in the Pittsburgh area. Thereafter, Colosimo was to receive payment of $90,000 for supplying the cocaine.
Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for July 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense(s) and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Mount Lebanon Police, and the Allegheny County Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Dr. Colosimo.