DeCavalcante Associate Gets 2-Plus Years for Cocaine Distribution

Charles Stango has yet to be charged following
the DeCavalcante bust of March 2015. 

A DeCavalcante crime family associate was sentenced to 30 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for selling more than a half-kilo of cocaine to an undercover FBI agent.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman noted this yesterday, when U.S. District Judge William H. Walls imposed the sentence in Newark federal court. (Press release is here.)

Last December, John "Johnny Balls" Capozzi, 36, of Union, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine (as did associate Mario Galli, of Toms River, New Jersey).

He admitted that between Dec. 12, 2014, and March 2015, he and other family associates sold more than half a kilo of cocaine to an undercover FBI agent for $78,000.

Capozzi was arrested and charged in March 2015, along with nine New Jersey-based DeCavalcante crime family members and associates. Charges include a plot to commit murder, distribute drugs and run a prostitution business, U.S. Attorney Fishman has noted.

Wearing a wire, an undercover FBI agent, on numerous times, taped the operation's main target, capo Charles "Charlie The Hat" Stango, ordering a rival mobster's murder -- Stango's alleged victim was identified by Gangland News as  Luigi "Dog" Oliveri.

"I want to blow him up…this guy’s got to meet death…. at least we gotta maim him or put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life," Stango was recorded telling the undercover fed regarding Oliveri.

The operation was brought to an abrupt end after Stango questioned the agent about the status of the hit. The agent, who'd been dancing around the order for three months, replied it would be carried out in hours.

Stango discussed plans with the undercover agent to hire two members of an outlaw biker gang to shoot the rival, according to the affidavit. Complaints and the affidavit allege he was going to pay $50,000 to the hit men.

According to Gangland News, six co-defendants, including Stango's son, Anthony, have copped plea deals or have agreed to plead guilty to charges related to drug dealing, prostitution, and illegal weapons. The elder Stango, consigliere Frank "Snipe" Nigro and associate Paul "Knuckles" Colella were "discussing a possible plea deal with the Feds," the site reported.