Member Of Violent Home Invasion Robbery Crew Sentenced To 22 Years For Conspiring To Commit Drug Robberies And Conspiring To Distribute Cocaine And Heroin
Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Henry Fiorentino was sentenced to 22 years in prison by United States District Judge John Gleeson. Fiorentino was convicted after a two-week jury trial in November 2014 of conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robberies and conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin.
The sentence was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Fiorentino was a leading member of a violent robbery crew responsible for more than 100 robberies of narcotics traffickers in the New York metropolitan area and elsewhere that netted more than 250 kilograms of cocaine and $1 million in drug proceeds. Beginning in approximately January 2001, crew members posed as law enforcement officers, staged fake arrests of the traffickers, and then forcibly seized the traffickers’ contraband. Members of the robbery crew restrained victims with handcuffs, rope, or duct tape and often brandished firearms and physically assaulted the victims. The Crew members then sold the stolen drugs and divided the proceeds among themselves.
Fiorentino participated in at least 19 separate robberies and attempted robberies. During these crimes, he personally entered the residences and, on numerous occasions, he or fellow crew members brandished firearms and abducted or restrained victims. During all of the robberies and attempted robberies, Fiorentino posed as a police officer. The robberies and attempted robberies in which Fiorentino directly participated involved at least 230 kilograms of cocaine and approximately $66,000 in drug proceeds.
Ms. Lynch extended her grateful appreciation to the Drug Enforcement Administration, New York, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and the New York City Police Department.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alexander Solomon and Sylvia Shweder.
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 08-CR-242 (S-8)(JG)