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May 14, 2011

Convicted mobster alleges Feds planted biochip on him


The story of Vincent Michael Marino, aka Gigi Portalla, is one of drugs, violence, the New England mob -- and on its surface, seemingly wacky allegations of the DEA implanting him with a microchip to track his movements in the 1990s.

Marino was a bruiser in the Massachusetts organized crime scene back in the 1990s. He got sent to federal prison in the late 1990s and now he's housed in a penitentiary in Louisiana. Marino's life got complicated in Nov. 1996, when some people tried to kill him.

He was shot in the buttocks, taken to a hospital, and had surgery to remove the bullet, while law enforcement officers looked on. About a month later, he and a buddy were arrested at an airport and charged with drug trafficking allegations.

Now here is where it gets interesting: Marino alleges that, after his arrest, a federal agent approached him to sign a consent form to remove a biochip device from his body, which they had used to track him. Marino refused to sign. A subsequent x-ray would later find that there was some type of foreign object in his abdomen.

Marino filed complaints with the feds, who did some due diligence and determined that the federal agent was joking around with Marino during his arrest in telling him that they had biochip'ed him. Marino also filed an earlier lawsuit about the alleged implantation of a biochip, but it was dismissed by a federal court.

It appears that Marino has been housed in federal prison for more than 10 years while waiting for a simple MRI to be done that would further prove -- or refute -- the existence of some type of biochip in his body. If a biochip is there, one would have to wonder that his conviction would be overturned as a violation of his civil rights.

Did the technology exist in the 1990s for the implantation of some type of biochip that could track people? This New York Times article, which covered Marino's earlier lawsuit in 1999, certainly considers its plausibility.

Marino refiled a lawsuit last month in the U.S. District Court in Washington DC. Below is the complaint. At this point, I'm not sure why it's taken over 10 years to just give Marino an MRI to prove, once and for all, that he either does or does not have a biochip in him.

He appears to have some medical evidence for an "artifact" being in him, through an x-ray that was done on him. An MRI has to be cheaper than defending against his lawsuits, which apparently no one takes too seriously.

Or, is this the delusion of a convicted mobster?

Vincent Michael Marino Lawsuit

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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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