A father and son from Revere were sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court for trafficking oxycodone, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Mario Scata, 71, faces three years in prison. His son, Manuele Scata, 45, was sentenced to eight years.
Last year, Mario Scata pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone. Earlier this year, Manuele Scata pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, and use of a firearm during drug trafficking.
In 2014 and 2015, law enforcement agents saw foot and vehicle traffic consistent with drug sales from the Scata home and from Manuele Scata’s business, D & M Auto Doctor, in East Boston.
While investigating the Scatas’ oxycodone trafficking, Scatas’ pill supplier, Ilir Bregu of New York, was identified through surveillance and phone analysis. After obtaining a search warrant to track Bregu’s phone, it was determined Bregu frequently drove from Staten Island to Revere or East Boston, met with one or both of the Scatas, and then returned to Staten Island.
Search warrants were executed in 2015 after tracking Bregu’s phone from Staten Island to East Boston and agents saw Bregu meet with Mario and Manuele Scata. During the searches, a hidden compartment was discovered in Bregu’s vehicle, which contained $37,800. In addition, about 1,900 oxycodone pills, a loaded firearm, and a machete were recovered from Manuele Scata’s vehicle and additional oxycodone pills, a handwritten drug ledger, and nearly $12,000 were recovered from the Scatas’ home.
Last month, Bregu was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute oxycodone.