A pot entrepreneur featured on reality TV show “Staten Island Hustle” was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for his role in a cocaine ring, authorities said.
Adolfo LaCola, 54, was handed down the sentence in Brooklyn federal court by Judge Margo Brodie after pleading guilty to charges of money laundering and cocaine distribution conspiracy in September, federal authorities said.
LaCola had set up a cocaine smuggling network in which he’d bring in kilos of cocaine from Mexico to the Big Apple — but the scheme began unravelling in 2018, when he struck a deal with a federal informant to sell a portion of his regular haul, according to prosecutors.
The Staten Island man — who was featured on the CNBC series as a “legal cannabis dealer” when he was arranging the drug shipment for the informant — also offered to launder up to $300,000 per month for narcotics traffickers through his partner’s business, prosecutors said.
LaCola was caught cleaning $100,000 of what he thought was profits from a heroin operation — but turned out to be for another federal informant.
“The defendant aspired to be a one-stop-shop for cocaine trafficking and money
laundering, but thanks to the outstanding work of our law enforcement partners, LaCola’s next stop will be federal prison,” Acting US Attorney Mark Lesko said in a release.