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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Member Of Decavalcante Crime Family Admits Distributing Cocaine

NEWARK, N.J. – An associate of the DeCavalcante organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra today admitted his role in distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Nicholas DeGidio, 37, of Union, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls, to an information charging him with one count of distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

DeGidio was arrested and charged by complaint in March 2015, along with nine other members of the DeCavalcante crime family. Between December 2014 and March 2015, in conjunction with other family associates, DeGidio sold more than one-half a kilo of cocaine to an undercover FBI agent for at least $78,000.

The drug distribution count to which DeGidio pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 29, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel in Newark; the N.J. State Commission of Investigation, under the direction of Executive Director Philip James Degnan; the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, under the direction of Executive Director Walter M. Arsenault; and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.

The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel V. Grady O’Malley Sr. and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Donnelly of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime/Gangs Unit.

Defense counsel: Ted Romankow Esq., Springfield, New Jersey

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Updated September 8, 2015