Philadelphia Mafia family associate gets 5 years behind bars for racketeering and trying to buy 1 kilo of coke

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A Philadelphia Mafia family associate was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy and drug dealing. 68-year-old Daniel Castelli had made the guilty plea in January of this year.

Castelli worked with other Philadelphia mobsters and associates in criminal activities such as drug trafficking, extortion, and loansharking. He was close to underboss Steven Mazzone (shown in photo above), capo Dominic Grande and longtime Philly mobsters Joseph “Joey Electric” Servidio and Victor DeLuca.

Take back Atlantic City

10521630661?profile=RESIZE_400xIn 2015, Castelli and several other mobsters were allegedly instructed by captain Dominic Grande (right) to reclaim Atlantic City for the Philly mob by shaking down the local bookmakers and loansharks. The city had once been under the thumb of Philadelphia boss Nicky Scarfo, but in the following chaotic decades filled with gangland murders, indictments and turncoats, the family lost its influence and power. 

Little over half a year later, in the summer of 2016, Castelli was already busy with something more tangible when he tried to buy a kilo of cocaine on behalf of other wiseguys who intended to resell the product. He admitted as much in his plea deal.

“Nothing but a bad memory” 

“Even though the Philadelphia mob has been weakened over the decades due in large part to persistent law enforcement, the organization and its criminal activities are still very much a problem and are damaging the communities in which it operates,” U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting anyone who is committing serious federal crimes like these, and we will not rest until the mob is nothing but a bad memory.” 

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