Residents surprised by recent organized crime arrests

All five men are charged with criminal activity associated with La Cosa Nostra out of New York.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)- The arrests of the suspected organized crime figures is getting the attention of Western Massachusetts residents.

All five of the alleged associates live in Western Massachusetts. Three of the five men lived in Longmeadow, one in Springfield, and one in East Longmeadow. Ralph Santaniello, Giovanni Calabrese, and Gerald Daniele all lived in Longmeadow.


5 alleged organized crime figures arrested in Springfield


22News found out from Longmeadow’s Town Clerk the addresses of the alleged criminals. Records indicate that Ralph Santaniello’s address is 445 Converse Street. Giovanni Calabrese lives at 30 Bel Air Drive. Gerald Daniele had lived at 45 Avondale Road up till 2015.

One neighbor, who asked not to be identified, told 22News he never suspected anything like this could be happening so close to home. “The neighbor here kept a low profile and so I don’t think anybody around here suspected anything. Pretty much everyone around here works so we are not really looking at anyone’s business and what they’re doing.”

All five men are charged with criminal activity associated with La Cosa Nostra out of New York, commonly called “the mafia”.

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