Federal officials announced that an associate of the DeCavalcante crime family was sentenced today to 76 months in prison for possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the course of a drug crime.
Mario Galli III, 28, of Toms River, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of possession of a FEG 9mm Model PGK-9HP gun, loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition, by a convicted felon in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Judge Thompson imposed the sentence by videoconference on July 9.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Galli was previously convicted in 2016 for conspiracy to distribute in excess of 500 grams of cocaine and served 30 months in federal prison on that charge. He was placed on supervised release in 2019 and then arrested in Ocean County in September 2019.
Investigators from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office executed search warrants on Galli’s residence and the residence of a conspirator, finding collectively 400 to 500 grams of cocaine, the weapon and ammunition.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Thompson sentenced Galli to three years of supervised release.