Two cocaine rings busted; 11 charged

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Posted: August 06, 2010

Two cocaine-trafficking rings that spread the drug around Philadelphia and its suburbs and into central Pennsylvania have been shut down, the state attorney general announced yesterday.

Eleven people, including two ringleaders, were charged yesterday with distributing nearly $600,000 worth of cocaine in two separate operations, said Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Among the 11 were a husband and wife from Levittown who allegedly came to Philadelphia to buy coke to give to friends in bars in Bucks County, Corbett said. The couple wasn't charged with drug dealing.

According to a grand-jury investigation leading to the charges:

One organization was headed by Nicholas Fatiga, 30, of Shackamaxon Street near Frankford Avenue, in Fishtown, and allegedly distributed more than 3 1/2 kilos of cocaine in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Mifflin and Potter counties over 14 months.

Fatiga's alleged cocaine supplier, Andre Serrano, 37, of 8th Street near Venango, in North Philadelphia, was named for selling Fatiga 4 1/2 ounces of cocaine a month to supply his network.

Acting on a search warrant for Fatiga's home and two garages, agents on May 4 seized nearly 240 grams of cocaine, 200 Ecstasy pills, scales, cutting agents, syringes and other drug paraphernalia.

The grand jury said Fatiga regularly sold cocaine for redistribution to Michael Riff and Christopher Cole, 30-year-old Hatboro residents; Brian Brown, 33, of Horsham; William McMonigle Jr., 39, of Silverwood Street near Hermitage, in Roxborough; Charles Stoner, 29, of Lewistown, Mifflin County; and Thomas Shadle, 23, of Westfield, Potter County.

The leader of the other ring was identified as Matthew Bertagni, 32, of Feasterville, from whom agents seized a handgun, loaded magazines and drug paraphernalia. They found 383 grams of cocaine and $18,735 at his mother's house.

The husband and wife who bought from Bertagni were identified as John Dzizera, 37, and Victoria Salisbury, 30, of Levittown.

All 11 face drug and conspiracy charges. The alleged ringleaders, Serrano, Riff, Brown, McMonigle, Stoner and Shadle also were charged with dealing.

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