Joe Bruno on the Mob – Hell’s Angels and Mafia Allegedly Colluded in Drug Deals


This is a case of who you want to believe and who you don’t want to believe.

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According to the Federal government, four men colluded to sell vast amounts of marijuana and steroids in Danbury, New Milford and Wilton, Connecticut, and they were protected by the police departments in all three cities. The Feds also said that the three men involved had ties both to the Bonanno Crime Family and to the Hells Angels.

The alleged ringleader of the gang was Mark Mansa, and it was he, the Feds allege, that during a five-year investigation, used his connections with the local police departments to find out that the Feds were closely monitoring his activities. Also indicted in this case is Mansa’s longtime friend Glenn Wagner, alleged Bonnano crime family associate Richard Sciacchetano, of Stuart, Fla., and Kevin Lubic, of North Salem, N.Y., an alleged member of the Hell’s Angels.

The Feds say that Mansa was responsible for bringing more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana into Connecticut, which would be worth between $3 million and $7 million based on local street-value estimates.

“Evidence obtained in the case shows that Mansa, with others, is responsible for the flow of a very significant amount of anabolic steroids and marijuana into the state,” Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Vizcarrondo said during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.

However Mansa and Wagner are saying that the Feds are exaggerating the amounts of pot they sold because the Feds want to portray Mansa and Wagner as big-time drug dealers, which would “enhance their (the Feds) chances of seizing homes and other property under federal asset forfeiture laws.”

“I never sold hundreds of pounds of pot,” Wagner said. “Law enforcement lied because they want to use the (forfeiture) money to buy the latest equipment for their investigations.”

Danbury Police Chief Al Baker said Wagner’s claim was a total fabrication. “Our goal is not to enhance our budget through forfeiture, but to arrest drug dealers and remove them from the streets,” Baker said.

Apparently in 2010, the Feds turned a friend of Mansa, named Steven C. Johnson, also known as “Weirdo Steve” and “Steve the Chemist,” after Johnson had been arrested by state and local police on a charge of manufacturing Ecstasy. Johnson agreed to wear a wire on Mansa and several others involved in the drug dealings, in return for a reduced jail sentence.

Because of the tapes made by Johnson, Mansa, Wagner and Sciacchetano are expected to enter guilty pleas to reduced charges. Lubic has pleaded not guilty, and is expect to go to trial in March.

There’s one thing for sure: if you ever decide to go into the drug business, never get involved with anyone named “Weirdo Steve ” or “Steve the Chemist.”

If you do, only bad things could happen.

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Questions remain in alleged steroid ring

A Bethel man was charged with running large-scale steroid and marijuana distribution rings in Greater Danbury. A federal prosecutor said the operations were protected by local police and the customers included “high school-age student athletes.”

Federal authorities alleged that the criminal enterprise included ties to both the Bonanno crime family and the Hells Angels.

Nine months after his arrest, the case of accused ringleader Mark Mansa and several of his co-defendants’ cases are each moving toward a resolution, but questions over the most explosive allegations — police corruption and high school steroid use — remain unanswered.

Clouds linger over police departments in Danbury, New Milford and Wilton after a federal prosecutor claimed that the five-year investigation was thwarted by Mansa’s contacts within the departments who warned him that he was under scrutiny.

Despite repeated requests from the chiefs of the three police departments to get information about the investigation, federal officials have not elaborated.

At the same time, numerous school administrators, coaches and counselors insist they’ve seen no signs that their athletes used steroids, either currently or in the previous seven years when prosecutors say Mansa was selling steroids.

Most recently, some of the defendants arrested as a result of the combined Danbury police, Connecticut State Police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration investigation told The News-Times the drug rings were never as extensive as law enforcement officials claimed.

The defendants also claim that the majority of the cases are based on the words of cooperating witnesses who lied to save their own skins.

A lot of the allegations aren’t true,” Mansa claimed during a brief phone interview with The News-Times last week.

His attorney, Peter Schaffer, said during a court hearing in March that “the level of conspiracy is spelled out in much less detail than many other complaints I’ve seen in drug cases.”

Mansa’s longtime friend and co-defendant, Glenn Wagner, of Brookfield, was more specific when he spoke with The News-Times early last week.

Wagner said investigators exaggerated the amount of marijuana they claim he sold.

The reason for that, Wagner alleges, was to portray him as a big-time drug dealer, which would enhance their chances of seizing homes and other property under federal asset forfeiture laws.

I never sold hundreds of pounds of pot,” Wagner said while standing in front of his Brookfield home. “(Law enforcement) lied because they want to use the (forfeiture) money to buy the latest equipment for their investigations.”

Danbury Police Chief Al Baker dismissed those allegations Friday and said Wagner’s claim couldn’t be further from the truth.

Our goal is not to enhance our budget through forfeiture, but to arrest drug dealers and remove them from the streets,” Baker said.

The major players

Danbury police said Mansa’s name first surfaced during another drug case in 2005, but information police developed indicated he might have been selling pot as far back as the early 1990s, according to court documents.

Exactly when Mansa got involved with steroids is unclear, but earlier this year, his ex-wife, Susan, told authorities Mansa “blew up” in size about eight years ago. Investigators claim the steroids distribution ring dates to about 2004.

By the time authorities were able to infiltrate the alleged ring in 2010, they claim Mansa was selling at least 70 bottles of steroids a month for up to $90 each.

During the same period, prosecutors allege the marijuana ring included Wagner, Kevin Lubic, of North Salem, N.Y., and Glenn Wagner, and was responsible for bringing “significant quantities” of marijuana into the area.

A federal prosecutor said in court earlier this year that investigators estimate that from January 2010 until his arrest in February, Mansa was responsible for bringing more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana into Connecticut, which would be worth between $3 million and $7 million based on local street-value estimates.

Evidence obtained in the case shows that Mansa, with others, is responsible for the flow of a very significant amount of anabolic steroids and marijuana into the state,” Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Vizcarrondo said during a March 1 hearing in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.

Attorneys for all three co-defendants previously said their clients had no involvement in the steroids operation, a claim supported by court documents made public so far and reiterated by Wagner last week.

I never had anything to do with steroids,” he said. “Mark has used steroids for years. That was his thing.”

OLD FRIENDS

The relationship between Mansa, Wagner and Lubic dates back to when they were teenagers in the Mahopac, N.Y., area, Wagner said, adding that Sciacchetano, who lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the time, was their marijuana connection.

Authorities allege that Sciacchetano, who has a previous drug trafficking conviction for moving “more than 54,000 pounds of marijuana,” according to a federal prosecutor, has ties with the Bonanno crime family.

Vizcarrondo said Sciacchetano was “the primary, although not the exclusive” marijuana source for Mansa and his co-defendants in the case.

Lubic, who authorities say is a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, continued to socialize with Mansa and Wagner after the latter two moved to Connecticut, where Mansa went into business and Wagner became a national sales manager for a medical supply company.

Mansa appeared to settle into suburban life, heading a company that sold outdoor furniture and working for a credit card processing firm. He also became involved in local youth sports organizations.

Wagner said his sales job, which he eventually gave up after developing a blood-clotting disorder and several other serious medical problems, and not marijuana sales, provided the income he used to buy the two houses the government is trying to seize.

Lubic was arrested on a federal marijuana trafficking charge in New York state in 2000, and was released from prison in 2007 after serving a 77-month sentence.

It was after Lubic’s release from prison that federal prosecutors say the alleged marijuana ring got up and running.

Neither Mansa nor Lubic showed any legitimate income in the four years prior to their arrests, investigators said. But Mansa still managed to purchase property on Old Hawleyville Road in Bethel last year for $95,000. He also allegedly bragged to a cooperating witness that he had $280,000 to build a home on the site.

The government is attempting to seize that home as well as another home on Empire Lane in Bethel that Mansa purchased with his wife, now his ex-wife, in 1995.

Cooperating witnesses, wiretaps

Although Danbury police, state police and the DEA had been looking into Mansa for years, efforts to infiltrate his operation were unsuccessful because he was “extremely law enforcement sensitive,” a federal prosecutor said.

It wasn’t until March 2010 when police, using a cooperating witness who’d known Mansa for five years, finally managed to get inside the alleged steroids ring, court records show.

Three times, the cooperating witness bought steroids from Mansa, officials said, allowing investigators to get a court warrant to tap his cellphone.

On July 30, 2010, the informant told investigators he had arranged to purchase more steroids and Mansa would be picking them up from his source in Danbury.

Investigators followed Mansa to an apartment on Lake Avenue in Danbury, where he allegedly purchased the drugs from a man police knew well: Steven C. Johnson.

At the time, Johnson — also known as “Weirdo Steve” and “Steve the Chemist” — had already been in trouble with the law.

Just about a year earlier, Johnson had been busted by state and local police on a charge of manufacturing Ecstasy in an apartment on Jeannette Street.

Johnson was arrested again in September 2010 when he was observed mailing a package that was later proven to contain steroids, court documents state.

It was after that arrest that Johnson agreed to become an informant.

Court documents identify Johnson as a cooperating witness, and for several months, he wore a wire during meetings with Mansa and others the government sought to arrest in order to enlist their cooperation in the steroids investigation.

In exchange, Johnson’s state charges were transferred to federal court, where his case remains pending.

But the federal court file has been sealed, and no further information — beyond the charges and the fact Johnson is free on $50,000 bond — is available to the public.

Several attempts to contact Johnson last week were unsuccessful.

building bodies and a case

People knew he was bad news,” local body builder P.J. Braun told The News-Times during a brief interview in front of his home in Danbury.

Braun said it was his encounter with Johnson in September 2010 that led to his arrest by Danbury Special Investigations Division detectives in March.

Johnson told police he had been selling steroids to Braun since 2004, according to the body builder’s arrest warrant affidavit. Johnson also told police that Braun would occasionally purchase enough steroids to re-sell to others, a claim Braun denies.

Braun was never charged with selling steroids, but he was charged with illegal possession of a prescription painkiller. He was later admitted into a 10-hour drug education program and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service, after which the criminal case would be dismissed.

Braun, who said he’s been friends with Mansa since meeting him at a local gym, said investigators tried to get him to turn on Mansa.

They questioned me about Mark for over an hour,” Braun told The News-Times last week. “They said, `We need you to help us prove he is as big as we think he is.’ I didn’t know anything.”

Braun also said he didn’t believe Mansa sold steroids to high school students.

Obviously, he was doing some pretty crazy stuff,” Braun said. “But the last thing he would be doing would be nickel-and-diming kids in high school.”

Despite claims that authorities exaggerated the amount of drugs Mansa’s operations was responsible for selling, statements allegedly made by the defendants in various court documents cast doubt on their own credibility.

Even though Wagner denied moving large quantities of marijuana, he allegedly told the police that he had been receiving 20 to 30 pounds a month from Sciacchetano and others for the past three years, according to government forfeiture applications for his two homes.

In the same document, a DEA agent quotes Wagner as saying that Mansa was getting 20 to 50 pounds of pot each month.

While denying ownership of the marijuana seized from his houses in February, saying he was just holding it for Sciacchetano, police said Wagner told them he still owed the Florida man $50,000 for the drugs.

On Wednesday, a federal magistrate ordered Wagner back to jail after he violated conditions of his probation. He’s scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to change his plea to guilty.

Mansa and Sciacchetano also have court dates, tentatively set for the end of this month, to enter guilty pleas.

At this point only Lubic has shown no indication of changing his plea. His case is scheduled for trial in March.

Source: newstimes.com

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4 Responses to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Hell’s Angels and Mafia Allegedly Colluded in Drug Deals”

  1. Just want to say your article is as surprising.

    The clarity in your post is just excellent and i could assume you are an expert on this subject.
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  2. Michael Parletta Says:

    Hi Joe

    You mentioned Mansa would recieve a reduced sentence as a first time offender. How many month did Mansa end up doing

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