Havana Nights Cigar Bar owner sentenced to prison for trafficking counterfeit drugs
Frank Fiore was sentenced to prison in federal court Thursday
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Tonight Havana Nights Cigar Bar and Lounge will be serving lollipop martinis for all ladies until 11 p.m., but there was a time when the bar was involved in other shady business.
Cocaine, Xanax, Viagra, Cialis, Deca Durabolin, testosterone propionate and testosterone ethanate were some of the drugs linked to the cigar bar, undercover federal agents working on the Biogenesis doping investigation reported.
But the big money was on counterfeit pharmaceuticals, prosecutors said.
Frank Fiore used to own the cozy lounge, 514 Via de Palmas, in Boca Raton, near Mizner Park. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra sentenced him to two years and eight months in prison for conspiring to traffic counterfeit drugs and illegally distributing steroids.
During the investigation, Fiore raised many red flags. An undercover officer said Fiore asked him to break his brother-in-law's leg and steal his money and jewelry. It never happened.
Prosecutors said he shared two corporate bank accounts with Joseph Gagliano, the son of former New Orleans mob underboss "Muffaletta Frank" Gagliano. On Facebook, he said he was born in Haverstraw, New York, and before moving to Parkland, Fla., he lived in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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