- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - An alleged associate of the New Jersey crime family believed to be the model for HBO’s “Sopranos” has pleaded guilty to drug and prostitution charges.

Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Anthony Stango, of Brick, could face several decades in prison when he’s sentenced Nov. 26. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to a complaint charging him with selling cocaine, using a telephone in interstate commerce to conduct a prostitution operation and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Stango was arrested in March, along with 10 other alleged members of the DeCavalcante crime family.

Prosecutors say the family engaged in numerous offenses, including murder, extortion, fraud, drug distribution and gambling.

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