DeCavalcante Associates Cop to Drug Charge

DeCavalcantes in an undated surveillance photo.

It won’t be a very Merry Christmas for John “Johnny Balls” Capozzi and Mario Galli.

The two DeCavalcante associates admitted they distributed more than 500 grams of cocaine, the FBI’s Newark office reported.

Capozzi, 34, of Union, New Jersey, and Galli, 23, of Toms River, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to one count of distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine. The count carries a mandatory prison sentence of between five and 40 years.

Between Dec. 12, 2014, and March 2015, they and other DeCavalcante associates sold more than one-half a kilo of cocaine to an undercover FBI agent for around $78,000, the two also admitted.

The Feds busted a group of DeCavalcantes that included Capozzi and Galli back in March 2015. Sentencing for both defendants is scheduled for March 21, 2016.

A total of 10 members and associates of the New Jersey-based DeCavalcante crime family were arrested for running a prostitution ring, drug trafficking and plotting to kill a rival, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

The complaint noted that the New Jersey family is run closely with the Gambinos in New York and that both have Sicilian members in leadership positions today.

Frank "Shipe" Nigro, 72, Paul "Knuckles" Colella, 68, and Anthony "Whitey" Stango, 33, all from New Jersey, were arrested this morning and face the bulk of the criminal charges cited in the complaints unsealed today.

Also taken into custody were Charles "Beeps" Stango, 71, of Henderson, Nevada, and Nicholas Degidio, 37, from New Jersey.