On 12th of March, 10 members and associates of the New Jersey-based DeCavalcante organized crime family were taken into custody on charges of running a prostitution business, trafficking in drugs and plotting to kill a rival gang member.
In the 10 defendants, 71-year-old Charles Stango, 72-year-old Frank Nigro and 68-year-old Paul Colella are included. They were summoned in the courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk.
According to the Federal prosecutors, Stango alleged to be a captain in the DeCavalcante family sought permission from Nigro, the family’s alleged consigliere to kill a rival member living in New Jersey.
The arrests were a sign that organized crime continues in New Jersey, told New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. He added, “Though its ranks have been thinned by countless convictions and its own internal bloodletting, traditional organized crime remains a real problem. As today’s complaint shows, members and associates of a long-standing organized crime family continue to ply their illegal trade, selling dangerous drugs and illegal cigarettes, promoting prostitution and threatening to settle internal scores with violence and death”.
The arrests disturbed the operations of one of the region’s most ill-famed crime families, according to the head of the Newark division of the FBI, Richard Frankel. Frankel added, “The FBI is confident this is a severe blow to the La Cosa Nostra family”.
The prosecutors also said that Stango told an undercover agent of the murder plot, which included hiring 2 members of an outlaw biker gang to shoot their rival.
Stango and his son, 33-year-old Anthony, had plans to open a high-end escort service for white collar businessmen and professionals in the Toms River area, told the prosecutors. Their plans also included establishing a legal business as a front for their prostitution activities, according to them.