Informer Gets Probation In Heroin Case

Posted: July 15, 1987

FBI informant John Pastorella, a key witness at the extortion trial of City Councilman Leland Beloff, was given a suspended sentence yesterday and placed on two years' probation by a federal judge in Baltimore.

Pastorella, 51, had pleaded guilty there in 1985 to two counts of conspiracy to distribute and import heroin in connection with what a federal prosecutor said was a 1980-83 operation also involving Turkish nationals.

Pastorella told U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Young he was ashamed of the behavior that led to his convictions, and was sorry to have been involved in the heroin operation.

In the Beloff trials, Pastorella, who is in the federal Witness Protection Program, identified developer Harry L. Devoe Jr. as one builder who went along with organized crime extortion demands. Pastorella later sued Devoe for $224,066, contending Devoe failed to pay him for work he did refurbishing apartments at 918-920 Spruce St.

Testimony at the extortion trial of reputed mob leader Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, also in Philadelphia, disclosed that the FBI had spent $59,424 to cover the "expenses" incurred by Pastorella during his cooperation.

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