Police Blotter

6 Years for Toms River Brothel Scheme

Brick resident and reputed mobster Anthony Stango has been sentenced to serve six years in federal prison following a plea deal with the U.S. Attorneys Office. He was arrested earlier this year for his part in a planned brothel to be operated in Toms River, which according to federal investigators was to be funded by an ongoing high-volume cocaine distribution outfit.

According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s office, Stango was arrested in March as part of a sweep of the DeCavalcante crime family, with members of the FBI’s Organized Crime Task Force nabbing ten suspects in all.

The crime family engaged in numerous offenses, the release explains, including drugs, prostitution, gambling, murder, extortion and crimes of violence.

Stango admitted to authorities he was conducting a drug operation, and conceded that on eight separate occasions he had sold a total of 1,915 grams of cocaine to an undercover officers.

During this same time period, Stango worked to set up the prostitution operation in Toms River. Recorded conversations reflected discussions he had with an unnamed conspirator in Nevada.

Reportedly Stango planned to operate the brothel similarly to a hair salon, with working girls renting the space for an hourly fee, but setting their own rates.

Following his prison term, Stango will be on supervised release for 5 years.

Arrested with Stango in March was Frank Nigro and Paul Colella, each released on a $250,000 bond. Their cases are still pending.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office credited the members of the FBI’s Organized Crime Task Force and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for their roles in the investigation.

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