Eugene Castelle
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Biographical information
Full Name Eugene Castelle
Nationality FlagOFItaly.png 1235px-Flag of the United States.svg.png Italian-American
Base of Operations New York City, New York, United States
Affiliations Lucchese crime family
Five Families
Physical description
Hair Black (balding)
Eyes Brown

Eugene Castelle (born 1960), also known as "Boopsie" is a New York mobster, who served as a caporegime and then an acting boss with the Lucchese crime family

Biography

A resident of Staten Island Castelle operated loansharking and number racket activities out of a small storefront in the Bath Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn. Castelle also managed a group of narcotics distributors in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Castelle was a close associate of Lucchese mobster Joseph Tangorra. Eugene's brother Anthony Castelle is the owner of "Coney Island Container," a private carting company. His other brother John is a capo in the Lucchese family as well.

In 1997, Castelle was charged with bribing jail guards to smuggle food and steroids to Lucchese family members who were incarcerated at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. However, the charges were eventually dismissed.

On November 12, 2000, Castelle and other Lucchese members were charged with drug trafficking, extortion and loansharking. In 2001, Castelle pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and was sent to a federal prison. On August 28, 2008, Castelle was released from prison.

On May 26, 2016, Eugene Castelle along with Anthony Grecco, Gaetano "Tommy" Zuccarello, Vincent Mormile, Theodore Vasilakis and Ioannis "John" Dinos were arrested and charged with running an online gambling operation that made over $13 million. On January 12, 2018, Castelle, along with Bonanno family Acting Boss Joseph Cammarano Jr. and seven other members of the Bonanno family and one member of the Genovese family were arrested and charged with racketeering and loan sharking related offenses. In the indictment Castelle was charged with conspiracy to commit extortion.

In May 2019, Castelle's illegal gambling trial began and former Lucchese family soldier turned government witness John Pennisi testified against him. On May 31, 2019, Castelle was found guilty of conspiracy to commit racketeering and of operating an illegal gambling business. Castelle was released from prison on April 1, 2020.

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