Parisi Pot Bust is Apparently Not a First for 4th-Generation Owner Frank Parisi [Updated]

Posted on: August 18th, 2016 at 5:09 am by

The high times are over for Frank Parisi, who runs the Parisi Bakery on Elizabeth Street. He was busted last month for involvement in a $15 million national pot distribution ring. And, as it turns out, pushing product (i.e. dispensary) on the doorstep of 290 Elizabeth Street.

(We first started hearing rumors of drug activity at the Elizabeth Street outpost way back in March. There were unconfirmed allegations at the time that undercover agents were previously spotted in the area.)

According to the Daily News, the fourth-generation owner was accused of possessing more than 20 pounds of marijuana at 290 Elizabeth Street. Packing supplies were also discovered in an apartment that shares a building with the iconic Italian bakery, according to the indictment.

“Mr. Parisi’s role was to distribute that on the streets of New York,” Assistant District Attorney Brian Foley said at Parisi’s arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court last month.

Parisi, who helps run Parisi Bakery and the family’s deli on the Lower East Side, was also caught on wiretaps discussing the bulk purchase of cannabis.

“Do you have any of the high end?” Parisi asked co-defendant Stephen Gallo in one call.

Gallo then discusses the availability of Purple Dragon and Lemon Haze strains of pot, court papers say.

This is the second time in a baker’s-dozen years that Parisi was found in this position. Another police op back in 2003 netted 75 pounds of pot (and a shotgun) from his home at 290 Elizabeth Street. Same address as the other bakery.

Recent Stories

Borough President Implores Parks Commissioner to Address Community Concerns in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Two stabbings within a twelve-hour period last weekend highlighted the decrepit, yet dangerous state of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The violence apparently pushed Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to exert pressure on the Parks Department to address certain core issues. In a letter to Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff this week, Brewer identified two key concerns – […]

Loved Ones Crowdfunding for Grubhub Deliveryman Stabbed to Death on the LES

Loved ones have taken to online crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to help raise money for the Grubhub deliveryman stabbed to death in Sara D. Roosevelt Park last weekend. As reported, the incident transpired early Saturday morning near the Hester Playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Surveillance footage shows that the attacker sat on the bench next […]

Coastal Resiliency Project Forces Lower East Side Ecology Center Compost Yard to Staten Island

The Lower East Side Ecology Center has its walking papers. The local nonprofit is amidst a move, relocating the East River compost yard it called home for the last two decades. Over the last week or so, the 22-year-old compost yard was dismantled, as the East Side Coastal Resilience Project is set to break ground […]

‘Citi Bites’ Takes Hell Square Corner

Another fast food option is coming to Hell Square. Citi Bites, not Citi Bikes, is described as a “modern deli,” this month signed a lease for the 2,000 square-foot cornershop at 101 Stanton Street. It takes the place of the former Prema hair salon which closed earlier this year. The bodega business reportedly agreed to […]

Police Release Chilling Video in Murder of Delivery Worker in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Police released chilling new surveillance video showing the approached the defenseless delivery worker, moments before allegedly murdering him and stealing the electronic bike on the Lower East Side. As reported, the incident transpired early Saturday morning near the Hester Playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The footage shows the attacker sitting on the bench next […]