NEW YORK — The famed Gotti crime clan is keeping up the family tradition with the Teflon Don’s grandson, John J. Gotti, getting hit with an 8-year sentence for dealing Oxycodone.
The Queens District Attorney’s office said Gotti was caught on tape claiming to regularly move $100,000 worth of the illicit pharmaceuticals a month and that he took in up to $1.6 million a year.
Gotti is now the third generation of his family to be sent to the big house, following his grandfather, one-time Gambino family crime boss John Gotti, who died behind bars, and his uncle John “Junior” Gotti.
Investigators were able to unwind the 23-year-old Gotti’s criminal enterprise through undercover drug buys, round-the-clock surveillance and the use of phone taps and a listening device that had been installed in Gotti’s Infiniti G35 sedan.
Through the surveillance, cops were able to listen in on Gotti bragging about selling 4,200 pills of oxy a month at prices ranging from $21 to $30 a pill. He also blurted out that he kept detailed records of his business and $200,000 in cash at a pal’s house to avoid it being discovered by cops.
Last year, undercover cops purchased $46,000 worth of pills from Gotti in 11 undercover deals.
The enterprise came tumbling down in June, when cops stopped Gotti in Howard Beach for driving with excessively tinted windows. When officers discovered Gotti was driving with a suspended license, they searched his car hey found 200 oxy pills, steroids, Xanax, methadone, marijuana and a pile of cash.
That led investigators to execute search warrants on Gotti’s home and the home of the pal he had discussed on the tape where they found hundreds of pills, more than $250,000 in cash and the ledger book.
Following his arrest, Gotti told the New York Daily News that he was heavily addicted to painkillers and had to go into rehab in jail as he awaited trial.
Gotti pleaded guilty in February and was ordered to forfeit the approximately $260,000 in drug proceeds seized by cops. Eight other people charged in the case are awaiting trial.