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Sources: South Philadelphia man charged in drug overdose deaths

Police sources say a 45-year-old South Philadelphia man stands charged tonight in the drug overdose deaths of two Queen Village residents.  It’s the first such case filed in Philadelphia under a new state law.
The two victims died of drug overdoses in early April in an apartment at 4th and Bainbridge. Joseph Massimino Jr. is now charged with their deaths after detectives linked a unique drug concoction, phone messages and drug containers to Massimino.
When police raided Massimino’s Mountain Street home they seized over $200,000 in heroin, crystal meth, barbiturates and marijuana. They also found over $7,000 in cash and two guns.
Massimino was being held on $750,000 bail. Sources say he is the son of jailed Mob Underboss Joseph “Mousie” Massimino.

The attorney for Massimino, Greg Pagano, released a statement saying, “This is an uncommon charge we will review the evidence and fight the charges.”

Greg showed great concern for my case. Where in the past, lawyers to me seemed heartless and money hungry… He made feel comfortable and communicated with me on every decision he made. I would recommend Greg Pagano as a attorney for any case because of his understanding, committment, and sincerity to men and women caught up in the justice system.

- Nafis Pinkney