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Cop orders pizza, gets cocaine

13 Sep 2011, 12:10

Published: 13 Sep 2011 13:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Sep 2011 12:10 GMT+02:00

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A pizzeria owner once jailed for his part in Switzerland's "heist of the century" is facing a new brush with justice after he delivered cocaine in a pizza box to an undercover policeman.

State prosecutor Roland Wolter has accused the Italian pizzeria boss,  Giuseppe V., of dealing 100 grams of cocaine to a guest called "Fabrizio", Blick newspaper reports.

The fresh allegations come 14 years after the accused was part of a gang that looted 53.1 million francs ($60 million) from a Zurich post office

Giuseppe V.'s shady drug dealings were exposed by an undercover police officer masquerading as a German brothel owner who would arrive at the pizzeria in flashy yellow Porsche convertible.

“Fabrizio turned up in my pizzeria almost every day. He abused my friendship,“ the restaurant owner complained to Blick newspaper. “I only wanted to do him a favour with the cocaine, but of course this was a stupid mistake.“ 

Giuseppe V.'s cover was blown after after the undercover agent told a waiter that he had been offered cocaine by an Albanian contact. The waiter told Fabrizio he would be better advised to bring his custom to him and his boss. On his next visit, Giuseppe V. offered Fabrizio 100 grams of cocaine before handing over the drugs in a pizza box. 

The suspect was then held on remand for three and a half months after a police investigation revealed that that he had sold 100-gram quantities of cocaine to at least ten other people. 

If convicted, Giussepe V. will likely be sentenced to a year in prison and will be required to pay 5,000 francs ($5,655), a sum equivalent to the profit from his drug deals, to the Swiss federal treasury.

“My client is basically guilty,“ said lawyer Valentin Landmann. “He realised it is better for him to be a good cook and pizza baker than an unsuccessful criminal.“

Fourteen years ago a gang of seven men, five robbers and two accomplices, led by boss Elias A. held up a Zurich Fraumünster post office worker before making off with 53.1 million francs in a Fiat Fiorino.

Giuseppe V. served three years and nine months in prison for his part in the crime even though he was not at the scene of the robbery. 27.5 million francs ($31 million) of the total amount stolen has never been recovered.

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