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District of New Jersey
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August 19, 2015

Associate of Decavalcante Crime Family Admits Distribution of Cocaine, Running a Prostitution Operation, and a Possessing Weapon as Convicted Felon

NEWARK, NJ—An associate of the DeCavalcante crime family of La Cosa Nostra today admitted his role in distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine, running a prostitution operation and possessing a shotgun as a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Anthony Stango, 34, of Brick, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court to an information charging him with: the sale of between 500 grams to 1.5 kilos of cocaine; use of the telephone in interstate commerce to conduct a prostitution operation; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Stango was arrested March 12, 2015, as part of a sweep of 10 members of the DeCavalcante crime family, which operated in New Jersey and elsewhere. The crime family engaged in numerous offenses, including fraud, distribution of controlled substances, prostitution, gambling, the sale of stolen and contraband goods, murder, assault, extortion, and other crimes of violence.

Stango admitted conducting a drug operation that, on eight separate occasions from December 2014 to March 2015, sold between 500 grams to 1.5 kilos of cocaine to an undercover law enforcement officer. During that same time period, Stango worked to set up a prostitution operation in New Jersey. Recorded conversations reflected discussions he had with a conspirator (identified as “CS”) who at the time was living in Nevada. Stango advised CS that he had already talked to one or more prostitutes about the details of the operation, their fees and the conditions under which the women would be providing services. Stango also admitted possessing an H&R Pardner 12 gauge pump action shotgun, while being a convicted felon.

The count of sale of 500 grams to 1.5 kilos of cocaine carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine; the count of use of the telephone in interstate commerce to conduct a prostitution operation carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine; and the count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 26, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited the members of the FBI’s Organized Crime Task Force under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel in Newark; the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, under the direction of Executive Director Walter Arsenault; the Bayonne Police Department, under the direction of Chief Drew Niekrasz; and the N.J. State Commission of Investigation, under the direction of Chairman Joseph F. Scancarella, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the FBI’s Las Vegas office and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for their roles in the investigation.

The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel V. Grady O’Malley Sr. and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Donnelly of the Organized Crime/Gangs Strike Force.

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