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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Feds go undercover to bust ten members and associates of New Jersey's DeCavalcante crime family

Three Toms River men and a Brick man were among 10 people arrested by the FBI on Thursday in what authorities allege were various plots to commit murder, distribute drugs and to run a "high-end'' prostitution business in the Toms River area.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman alleged that those arrested are members and associates of the DeCavalcante organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra.

Frank Nigro, 72, and Paul Colella, 68, both of Toms River, and Charles Stango, 71, of Henderson, Nevada, were arrested and charged with alleged roles in a plot to kill a rival gang member, according to a news release issued on behalf of Fishman.

Also arrested was Stango's son, Anthony Stango, 33, of Brick, the news release said. The father and son were charged with conspiring with others in the crime family's New Jersey crew to distribute cocaine and run a prostitution business, the news release said.

In addition, Mario Galli, 23, of Toms River, was charged with cocaine distribution, according to the news release.

Complaints allege that Charles Stango, a captain in the crime family, sought and obtained permission from Nigro, the family's consigliore or counsel, and other upper-echelon members to kill a rival living in New Jersey. Charles Stango discussed the plans with an undercover agent, the complaints allege. They included hiring two members of an outlaw biker gang to shoot the rival, according to the complaints.

Also according to the complaints, Charles and Anthony Stango allegedly planned to operate a high-end escort service targeting white-collar businessmen and professionals in the Toms River area. They planned to establish a legal club as a front for the prostitution business to avoid scrutiny by law-enforcement, according to the complains.

Others arrested were John Capozzi, 34, of and Nicholas Degidio, 37, both of Union and both charged with cocaine distribution.

The defendants were scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court at 2 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk.

"Today, Newark FBI arrested 10 members of the DeCavalcante organized crime family, disrupting one of the most notorious crime families,'' Richard M. Frankel, special agent in charge of the FBI's Newark office, said in the news release. "The FBI is confident this is a severe blow to the La Cosa Nostra family. It is also a message to La Cosa Nostra that FBI Newark will do everything possible within its legal powers to eradicate La Cosa Nostra from New Jersey.



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