ALBANY – A Schenectady father and son have been indicted in connection with a cocaine trafficking conspiracy, federal prosecutors said.
Jeffrey C. Civitello Sr., 50, and Jeffrey C. Civitello Jr., 22, both of Schenectady, are charged with conspiring with other men, including two from New Jersey indicted last year, to traffic more than five kilograms of cocaine to Schenectady in March and April 2021, prosecutors said.
They’re also charged with possessing and intending to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine March 31, 2021, and attempting to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine April 2, 2021, prosecutors said.
If convicted of the charges, they each would face at least 10 years in prison, officials said.
The indictment also seeks a money judgment against the two of $600,000.
The senior Civitello was arraigned Thursday and a detention hearing is scheduled for later, officials said. The younger Civitello is to be arraigned later.
Jeffrey Civitello Jr. has been in custody since October, when he was arrested in Schenectady by the DEA on unrelated charges of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possessing and intending to distribute marijuana, officials said.
The case is being investigated by the DEA’s Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.