One-time “Mob Wives” star Drita D’Avanzo and her allegedly mobbed-up husband were busted on drug charges during a Thursday night raid at their Staten Island home, police said.
NYPD narcotics detectives descended on the outer borough home around 6 p.m., and seized two loaded guns, a large amount of marijuana, hydrocodone and Xanax, officials said. The couple was also charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child under the age of 17, with police saying that more than one kid was home when cops arrived.
The 43-year-old Staten Island native, married for 19 years to reputed Colombo family associate Lee D’Avanzo, 50, was one of the biggest draws on the reality program starring relatives of various Mafiosi.
Lee D’Avanzo has already served two prison stints for bank robbery, and faces a pending drug charge in New Jersey.
Husband and wife were due for arraignment Friday afternoon, with Lee expected to head to the Garden State on a fugitive warrant for the other drug count, according to a New York law enforcement source. The couple has two daughters, ages 19 and 13.
The combative Drita was among the original cast members when the mob-centric program launched in 2011, with her hot temper leading to feuds with her castmates — most memorably Karen Gravano, the daughter of one-time Gambino family underboss Sammy “The Bull” Gravano.
D’Avanzo was also arrested on real-life assault charges in 2016, when she allegedly punched another Staten Island woman in a parking dispute. Cops said the reality show regular slugged a local chef in the face and then fled the scene before surrendering at the 123rd Precinct on a misdemeanor charge.
Her bio for the VH1 show described Drita as a freelance make-up artist who “often feels nostalgic for times when a problem could be solved with a fist.”