Mokbel gang started at Catholic college: Report

Staff at Whitefriars College in Melbourne's east are reported to be shocked over the arrests of four former students who have been charged with drug trafficking allegedly as part of a Tony Mokbel-directed gang.

The Herald-Sun reports that the group attended Whitefriars College, at Donvale, in Melbourne's east, and three were in the same class group.

The school confirmed Bartholomew Rizzo, Joseph John Mansour and Christopher Lee Ferraro, all now 28, graduated in 1996 after completing year 12.

David Michael Tricarico, 23, allegedly one of the few people Mokbel spoke to while on the run, left the school after year 9 in 1998.

The men were all allegedly members of "The Company", which police claim was a $4.2 million Mokbel-headed drug operation used to fund the crime tsar's life on the run.

Mansour and Ferraro have both been charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of amphetamines, while Rizzo and Tricarico face one count each of trafficking a commercial quantity of methamphetamine.

Whitefriars' principal Fr Paul Cahill said the school was in shock after the arrest of its former students.

"I am shocked and disappointed and saddened that these fellows have been charged with what they have been charged," he said.

"It is not the sort of story you like to read about your past students."

But Fr Cahill said the youngsters had not shown any tendency towards drugs or drug dealing while at school.

"While they were at school there was nothing that would suggest they might be getting involved in the sorts of activities with which they have been charged," he said.

'Drug gang' school link (Herald-Sun, 17/6/07)

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Tony Mokbel (Wikipedia)
Whitefriars College

18 Jun 2007