In the series, the Di Meo crime family is believed to have been formed in Northern New Jersey in the 1950s.
The Sopranos were a key faction in the Di Meo crime family, running two separate crews led by Johnny Boy and Junior, and also had longstanding ties with the five New York Families (particularly the Lupertazzi crime family).
Tony would also avoid a long stint in prison when he missed a failed hijacking involving his cousin, Tony Blundetto. ended up getting charged under the RICO law and spending 15 years in prison, while Tony would go on to become one of the top earners in the Di Meo Family.
At first, Tony said he was robbed by two black men, but he later admitted to Dr. that he had a panic attack after arguing with his mother and passed out, missing the hijack.
In 1990, longtime Capo Richie Aprile was sentenced to ten years in prison.
He gave control of his crew over to his younger brother, Jackie Aprile, who is Tony Soprano's friend and ally.