Former Rochester mobster Francesco Frassetto was in federal court Friday on charges he and his two sons planned to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than one kilogram of heroin between August 1997 and February 2000.
Frassetto, 55, pleaded not guilty to all charges. He's being held in a federal holding facility for violating parole after allegedly taking part in a heroine deal in the East Avenue Wegmans parking lot in February 2000.
Francesco Fransetto has spent more than 17 years in prison for mob-connected racketeering.
Authorities consider him a key player in the Rochester mob wars of the 1970s.
His sons Frank and Philip Frassetto also pleaded not guilty to drug dealing charges at their arraignments Tuesday.
Frank has been released as long as he can secure $15,000 in property for bail.
The Assistant U.S Attorney wants to keep Philip in jail until the trial.
"He was convicted in 1993 of distributing cocaine and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. It's our position that, shortly after he got out of prison, he went back to distributing and participating in and distributing cocaine and heroine," said Charles Wydysh Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Philip Frassetto will be back in federal court in less than two weeks for a detention hearing.
Francesco Frassetto will also be back in court for a detention hearing even though his sentence for violating parole runs through 2008.