Why ‘Mob Wives’ Star Drita D’Avanzo and Her Husband Were Recently Arrested

The cast of VH1’s reality series Mob Wives became notorious for their sharp tongues and vicious catfights. Drita D’Avanzo was one of the most popular of the show, known for her take no-nonsense attitude and hot temper. She was also famous for her phone call arguments with her husband, Lee D’Avanzo, that aired during the show’s run. Lee and Drita are still together and it looks like they’ve landed themselves in serious trouble. The two were recently arrested after a police raid in their Staten Island home. 

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Who is Drita D’Avanzo’s husband, Lee D’Avanzo?

Lee and Drita married in 2000. Shortly after, he was sent to prison. According to Heavy.com, Lee was allegedly the head of the mafia team known as the “New Springfield Boys.” A year after he and Drita married, Lee was indicted for bank robberies and alleged drug deals. 

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Lee served an eight-year sentence. After he was released, Drita revealed on Mob Wives that he was sent back to prison for an additional sentence for similar crimes. 

Mob Wives fans watched Drita and Lee’s passionate and explosive fights on the show while he was still in prison. She later found out that Lew has been unfaithful and she contemplated Sonics but upon his release, they opted to stay together and raise their family. 

Why were Drita D’Avanzo and Lee D’Avanzo arrested? 

With the exception of appearing on Celebrity Ghost Stories and participating in a celebrity charity boxing match, Drita has stayed out of the public eye since Mob Wives ended. The mother of two has been focused on promoting her work as a licensed makeup artist, which she heavily promotes on her Instagram page. 

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Her name was trending after TMZ revealed that she and Lee were arrested on Dec. 19. It appears they’d been under investigation as law enforcement sources told the site that their Staten Island home was raided and a search team discovered weapons and drugs. Among what was confiscated were two loaded hydrocodone/acetaminophen pills, Xanax pills and a large amount of weed.

They were booked on several criminal charges related to what was found. The couple’s 12-year-old daughter was in the home at the time of the raid, adding on another charge of “acting in a manner injurious to a child.”

Following their arraignment, bail was set at $15,000. Drita was allowed to leave but Lee was ordered into custody more than likely due to his prior convictions. Luckily, Drita was allowed to keep custody of their daughter under the condition that she doesn’t commit any additional crimes around the child. 

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Drita was arrested in 2016 and charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly assaulting a neighbor over an argument over a parking spot. The neighbor claimed a verbal dispute turned physical and ended with being punched several times in the head by Drita. The fight was captured on camera by neighborhood surveillance. Drita was later cleared of all charges. 

Neither Drita nor Lee have made any official statements regarding the incident.