BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – Mark Mongillo, age 31, of Unadilla, New York, appeared in federal court today on a criminal complaint charging him with methamphetamine distribution charges and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon.
Mongillo was initially arrested and charged by the Broome County District Attorney’s Office on January 20, 2021 on New York State law charges. The federal criminal complaint alleges that Mongillo possessed with the intent to distribute approximately 642 grams of methamphetamine, along with a loaded Glock pistol with a defaced serial number. It also alleges the Mongillo is a licensed pharmacist in the State of New York.
Mongillo made his initial appearance in federal court today in Binghamton, New York, before United States Magistrate Judge Miroslav Lovric, and was ordered detained.
If convicted of the charges set forth in the federal complaint, the defendant faces up life imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum term of 10 years’ imprisonment, on the drug charge, and up to life imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum term of five years’ consecutive imprisonment, on the firearms charge. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.
The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Johnson City Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew D. Beaty.