NEW YORK (PIX11)—The 22 year old son of "Mob Wives" star, "Big Ang", was arrested for dealing cocaine and pushing pain killers near his Brooklyn home, caught on video and audio tape in an undercover police sting that started last December.
Anthony (A.J.) Donofrio was essentially following in the footsteps of his 52 year old mother, Angela "Big Ang" Riola, who was busted 11 years ago with 14 plastic bags of cocaine in her purse.
She later pleaded guilty and received four months of house arrest, calling her drug dealing a "stupid thing" that she regretted doing, when she was struggling as a single mom with two children.
"Big Ang" now runs a bar on Staten Island called the "Drunken Monkey"--delighting viewers with her raspy voice, huge breast implants, puffy lips, and penchant for other forms of plastic surgery.
"Big Ang" was a "no show" in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Wednesday, when her son appeared before a judge. A pack of other relatives sat in the courtroom, as prosecutor Tim Gearon alleged Donofrio and his crew sold more than 700 oxycodone pills, earning about $14,000 since December.
Gearon talked about one deal in February 2012, "There is video and audio of Mr. Donofrio being present," Gearon told Judge James Sullivan.
Donofrio's relatives shooed PIX 11 away outside court. "We got nothing to say! He's sick," said one man who lived at a family home in Brooklyn and showed up in court.
Defense attorney, Lance Lazzaro, was angry the prosecution wanted the judge to set bail at $300,000. "That bail request is outrageous," Lazzaro boomed in court. "This is a non-violent felony."
A.J. Donofrio's previous legal troubles were referenced on "Mob Wives" this season. Donofrio--who said he's a pizzeria owner--was seen having dinner with his mother, who was lecturing him to stay out of trouble. Last year, Donofrio was accused of beating a man with a pipe and later arrested for drunk driving.
In one episode, "Big Ang" faced the camera and said, "I'm worried about A.J.'s direction in life.".
In another scene, while eating dinner with her son, Big Ang said, "If you think the streets are the way, you're going to go to jail.". Looking at the camera later in the episode, Riola said, "I definitely don't want my son involved in street life.".
Riola, who is seen as a peacemaker on the mob show, has a seemingly loving and playful relationship with her son. In one scene from the series, she told A.J. "I wish I had a rich husband. I'm tired of working in bars.". Donofrio retorted, "Rich guys want young, 20 year olds."
On Wednesday in court, a gaggle of teen and 20-something women turned up to give their support to A.J. Donofrio, who has a bail hearing Thursday.
The charges are being taken seriously, because police are cracking down on the sale of highly-addictive pain killers, a scourge among young and middle-aged people, from Staten Island to Long Island.