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Feds Issue Massive Federal Indictment Involving 29 Members of the South Florida Latin Kings

May 14, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds Issue Massive Federal Indictment Involving 29 Members of the South Florida Latin Kings

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Federal agents have arrested a number of high ranking members of the Latin Kings gang in Miami as part of a wide-ranging federal indictment, which alleges they were part of a violent racketeering conspiracy.

The indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday, accuses 23 men and women alleged members and associates of the largest and most well-organized criminal enterprises in the United States.

Among the leadership charged in the indictment include 33- year-old Plantation resident Christopher Isabel, aka “King Nano” who prosecutors believe is second in command and oversaw the gang’s entire South Florida operations.

Also implicated are several local leaders of the gang in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties.

Bobbie Tejada, AKA “King Riko” was a regional officer for the gang in South Florida. Luis Rivera, AKA King Tato, was allegedly the leader of the group’s North Miami operations.

Juan Alvarez (King Juanmo) and Lazaro Castellon (King Speedy or King Laz) were the first and second in command respectively of the group’s South Miami operations.

A series of local arrests dating back to February led a Miami federal grand jury in South Florida to decide there was enough evidence to indict the members of the illicit criminal enterprise.

Prosecutors accuse the gang, also known as”The Nation” or “LK”, of making millions from drug trafficking, robberies, burglaries and identity theft operations throughout 39 states, including Florida.

According to the U.S. Attorney;s Office, the Latin Kings have a strict chain of command. The gang uses violence or murder to eliminate anyone who they perceive as a threat to the organization.

The indictment charges local members with drug dealing, multiple robberies and firearm offenses, in addition to the conspiracy charges. The conspiracy dates to at least to May 2007, according to federal prosecutors Julia Vaglienti and Lawrence LaVecchio.

The gang uses symbols, including the colors black and gold and tattoos, to bond and identify members, prosecutors said. The gang’s tattoos often feature a five- or three-point “sacred crown” and drawings of a lion, according to the indictment.

The Gang’s tattoos also include the letters LK, ALK for “Almighty Latin Kings”; ALKN for “Almighty Latin King Nation”; and ALKQN for “Almighty Latin King Queen Nation,” according to court records.

“Once accepted into the organization, members chose a ‘King’ name by which they became known. Members of the Latin Kings greeted each other and exhibited their membership in the gang, using a set of hand signs, each intended to evoke the shape of a crown.

Latin Kings often greeted one another, demonstrated their allegiance to the gang, or announced their arrival or presence in a particular area by exclaiming “ADR” or “Amor De Rey,” which means “King’s Love” in Spanish,” prosecutors wrote.

The organized criminal gang follows a strict hierarchical system; prosecutors said: Local chapters report to regional officers, regional officers report to state officers, and state officers report to the national officers.

The state and local chapters, often called tribes, have a five-person leadership structure that is intended to represent the five points of a king’s crown. The most important position is Inca or first crown, followed by Cacique or second crown, then enforcer or third crown, the treasurer or fourth crown and secretary or fifth crown.

“Together, the crowns ensure the Latin Kings members follow the rules and regulations set forth in the Latin King Manifesto … Members are required to pay dues, the source of which is usually generated through criminal activity, attend regular meetings and adhere to the gang’s established policies,” prosecutors said. Failure to follow the rules can result in disciplinary action, they added.

The Latin Kings, originally founded by Puerto Rican members in 1940; Are one of the largest street gangs established in mainly Hispanic neighborhoods throughout the U.S.

The gang first appeared in Florida back in the 1990s and is now believed to be the single largest gang in Florida. Of the estimated 8,289 gang members in Florida’s prison system, about 1,000 are believed to be Kings as of October 2014.

The offenses listed in the indictment carry penalties of up to life in federal prison.

The list of defendants charged in the indictment:

Christopher Isabel, also known as King Nano, 33, of Plantation, was the Second Crown for the state of Florida.

Bobbie Tejada, aka King Riko, 32, of Fort Lauderdale was a Regional Officer for the southern area of the state of Florida.

Luis Rivera, aka King Tato, 32, of Miami Beach was the First Crown of the North Miami tribe.

Juan Alvarez, aka King Juanma, 30, of Miami was the First Crown of the South Miami tribe.

Lazaro Castellon, aka King Speedy and Laz, 36 of Hialeah, was the Second Crown of the South Miami tribe.

Giovanni Viera, aka King Hollywood, 35, of Miami was the Third Crown of the South Miami tribe.

Tony Estevez, aka King Kilo, 29, of Miami, was the Fourth Crown, and later Second Crown, of the South Miami tribe.

Samuel German, aka King Traffic, 31, of Hollywood, was Head of Security for the southern area of the State of Florida.

Alain Medero, aka King C-Low, 31, of Miami was the Third Crown of the South Miami tribe.

Andres Lugo, aka King Ghost, 33, of Plantation was the Second Crown of the Broward tribe.

Giovanni Rocha-Collado, aka King Joker, 35, of Miami, was the Fifth Crown of the South Miami tribe.

Fernando Moreno, aka King Boom, 32, of West Palm Beach was the Fifth Crown of the West Palm Beach tribe.

According to the indictment, the following were members of or associated with, the Latin Kings:

Sean Buendia, aka King Chill, 32, of Davie; Barbaro Sanchez, aka King Tata, 28, of Miami; John Martins, aka King Slowdown, 28, of Lake Worth; Arturo Andrade, aka King Tu, 25, of Miami; Alberto Hernandez, aka King Gordo, 20, of Miami; Barbara Lee, aka Queen Flaka, 49, of Fort Lauderdale; Jerry Vazquez, 35, of West Palm Beach; Jorge Perez-Hernandez, 44, of Tampa; Dominique Enrique, aka King Bolo, 28, of Pembroke Pines; Danielle Lucatorto, aka Cookie, 29, of Margate, and Juan Marcos Vego, 22, of Homestead.

All 23 were employees or associates of the national gang, which prosecutors said was part of a racketeering conspiracy that had a pattern of crimes, including murder, robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, fraud, witness tampering, and retaliation.

Isabel, Tejada, Rivera, Alvarez, Castellon, Viera, Estevez, German, Medero, Lugo, Rocha-Collado, and Moreno all held leadership positions, investigators said. They conducted meetings, collected dues and maintained discipline among members, according to prosecutors.

They conducted meetings, collected dues and maintained discipline among members, according to prosecutors.

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