Mayor: 'Beside Myself' Over Charges Against Longtime Friend, Former Law Partner
Severs professional ties after money laundering arrest.
Mayor Mark Sokolich said Sunday that he was "surprised, stunned and beside myself" at money laundering charges filed against his longtime friend and law partner.
Marcanton "Marc" Macri, 44, is accused of "facilitating" a relationship between large-scale pot smugglers and an assistant manager at a local bank.
The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said two Edgwater men, Matthew Martin and Danny Saleh, imported as much as 1,000 pounds of marijuana into New Jersey from Northern California since the start of 2012.
Sokolich said Sunday that he has cut professional ties with Macri, who had been talked about as a future head of the Fort Lee Democratic Party.
The mayor said he is "completely surprised, stunned and beside myself regarding these allegations, remaining mindful they are only allegations."
Sokolich said in December that Macri “is like a brother and a best friend to me.”
"Unfortunately my professional relationship has been terminated as of April 15," Sokolich told Patch Sunday. "However I remain supportive of a friend and former business colleague, as I remain supportive for all friends."
Macri plans the annual Christmas tree lighting in Fort Lee, which he conceived.
Martin, 43, and Saleh, 34, made bulk purchases of marijuana in Northern California during bi-monthly trips and would ship it home via the post office, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said in a release.
Martin and Saleh would break the marijuana up and distribute it through associates, making enough money to afford a Rolls Royce, a Lamborghini, an Audi R8 and a Range Rover, which were seized, authorities said.
Macri is accused of "facilitating" the relationship between Martin, Saleh and Anthony Alberga, 22, of Cliffside Park, an assistant bank manager who gave them $100 bills in exchange for smaller currency, authorities allege.