A Philadelphia mobster recently pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell drugs after he was captured on an FBI wire bragging openly about his Mafia ways, telling associates, “I’m a criminal … Everything I do is criminal.”
“I need like $250,000 a year, or two, to break even,” boasted Joseph Servidio, a reputed foot soldier for the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra crime family.
“That’s what I need,” he said, according to NJ.com. “So I got to do other (criminal) things, ’cause I don’t make enough money.”
Servidio, who is from New Jersey, pleaded guilty June 17 to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin laced with fentanyl, along with other drugs. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 24.
Cops arrested and charged Servidio last March following a two-year FBI investigation, which saw him repeatedly discuss being a gangster on an undercover agent’s hidden wire.
“There’s nothing better than making money,” Servidio was caught saying to other made members of La Cosa Nostra. “I make money every day, illegally.”
The recordings were captured between May 2016 and March 2018, according to prosecutors, and included conversations between Servidio and two associates. His indictment detailed the chats at length, including one that the mafioso had in December 2016 in which he appeared to brag about committing his first murder.
“During a recorded phone conversation Servidio discussed ‘making my bones’ at age 19,” the indictment said. “The phrase ‘making bones’ signifies the committing of a murder, and that Servidio was claiming to have killed somebody when Servidio was 19 years of age.”
Servidio, a Marmora resident, was being held in the Monmouth County jail on Monday. His lawyer, Marco Laracca, explained why his client pleaded guilty in a statement to NJ.com.
“Based on the totality of the circumstances and a review of all the evidence in this case, it was in my client’s best interest to resolve it at this juncture,” Laracca said. “We intend to present mitigating information and evidence at the time of sentencing.”
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