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New Jersey mobster linked to 'Sopranos' family jailed

A man linked to the New Jersey crime family believed to be the model for the hit TV show The Sopranos has been sentenced to six years in prison on drug and prostitution charges.

Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Anthony Stango, of Brick, New Jersey, will also have to serve five years of supervised release once he is freed from prison under the terms of the sentence.

Stango had pleaded guilty last August 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 claim the family engaged in numerous offences, including murder, extortion and fraud.

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