The Brick Township defendant described by federal agents as an organized crime figure risks decades in prison at his November 26 sentencing for charges involving cocaine, prostitution and weapons.

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Anthony Stango, 34, was one of 10 DeCavalcante family associates arrested last March in a broad probe of fraud, drugs, gambling, fencing, murder, extortion and sex for sale, according to information from the office of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

In a Newark federal courtroom today, Stango pleaded guilty to distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine, using a phone in interstate commerce to conduct a prostitution operation, and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

According to authorities, Stango admitted peddling anywhere from 500 grams to a kilo and a half of cocaine to an undercover narc eight times between December 2014 and March 2015.

Stango also admitted organizing a prostitution ring in New Jersey and detailing his efforts to an accomplice in Nevada by phone. Lastly, he admitted owning an H&R Pardner 12-gauge pump-action shotgun despite being a convicted felon, authorities said.

The cocaine-peddling charge carries a possible sentence of five to 40 years in prison and a fine as high as $5 million. The prostitution count is punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. The weapons charge translates to a possible 10 year sentence and $250,000 fine.

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