A former McKeesport dentist practicing in Nevada was sentenced today to three years in federal prison for his role in a cross-country cocaine conspiracy that promised to pay him $90,000 as the supplier.
Vincent Colosimo, 45, was also fined $10,000 and forfeited another $25,000 as part of his guilty plea in March in U.S. District Court here.
U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti could have given him up to 40 years behind bars.
In the summer of 2007, Dr. Colosimo, co-owner of seven dental offices near Las Vegas and who formerly practiced at Katsur Dental and Orthodontics in McKeesport, shipped four kilograms of coke to a home in Mt. Lebanon that belonged to the brother of South Fayette Police Officer Bernard Golling.
Officer Golling, who was part of the drug conspiracy, was supposed to pick up the package and distribute the cocaine in Pittsburgh with his partner, Michael Monz, and then pay Dr. Colosimo $90,000 as part of the proceeds.
Instead, police attached to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force intercepted the parcel at a FedEx facility on July 10, repackaged it with part of the coke inside, took it to the house and set up surveillance to see who showed up to get it.
Officer Golling arrived in full uniform and was taken into custody. He and Mr. Monz, who both cooperated with agents, are in federal prison.
Dr. Colosimo said in court papers that he had also agreed to cooperate with the DEA in setting up his supplier, whom federal prosecutors wanted to pursue, but he blamed agents for delaying a potential sting for several weeks until it was too late and he had no way to contact the man.
His lawyer, Stan Levenson, argued for leniency by saying Dr. Colosimo has a bad heart, has three children to support and will lose his dental licenses in Pennsylvania and Nevada, stripping him of his ability to earn a living. Some 48 supporters also wrote letters on the dentist's behalf, which Mr. Levenson said showed that his involvement with the cocaine conspiracy was an aberration.
By Torsten Ove,
Friday, July 02, 2010
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