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Defendant Sentenced in Drug Ring Case

June 26, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ Guiseppe Trupiano, convicted in the Pizza Connection drug smuggling case, was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison and five years’ probation.

Trupiano, 36, a pizza parlor operator from Olney, Ill., was accused by prosecutors of serving as a courier in the ring, which they said dealt $1.6 billion in heroin and cocaine from 1975 through 1984.

He was the last of 15 men convicted in the ring to be sentenced this week in U.S. District Court. The sentencing of Guiseppe Vitale, 44, of Paris, Ill., was put off until July 13, and dates have not been set for Pietro Alfano, 47, of Oregon, Ill., and Baldassare Amato, 35, of Brooklyn.

Prosecutors charged that the Mafia-operated ring used pizza parlors as drug distribution fronts.

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