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Sweeping federal indictments leads to the arrest of dozens of Latin Kings Chicago, Indiana

July 27, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Sweeping federal indictments leads to the arrest of dozens of Latin Kings  Chicago, Indiana

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Authorities launched raids across two states rounding up dozens of members of the Latin Kings street gang on federal racketeering charges including conspiracy, extortion, witness tampering, the attempted murder of a police officer, arson, and multiple assaults.

The arrests stem from two indictments out of Chicago Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Northern District of Indiana in Hammond.

At a new conference in Chicago, U.S. federal prosecutors said that top figures of the Latin Kings are among 36 individuals named in the indictments including leaders, treasurers, and street soldiers in Chicago.

Law enforcement officials called the arrests a “significant blow to the ‘Almighty Latin King Nation,’ whose membership extends nationwide.”

The Chicago indictments have charged the 36 purported gang members and associates, though two defendants didn’t face the conspiracy count.

Feds charged an additional 26 people in a related indictment out of Hammond, Indiana. Most of the accused have been taken into custody.

Zachary Fardon, the U.S. Attorney for Chicago, said the Latin Kings helped fuel the ongoing violence in Chicago and described how the criminal organization’s leadership ordered soldiers to execute rivals on sight.

“The cases are about one thing: violence, the type of violence that plagues our communities,” Fardon said.

When asked if the arrests would have an impact on violence rates in Chicago, Fardon replied, “It’s not precisely measurable, But it does matter,” while adding that other social issues were the most fundamental causes of violence.

The indictment out of Indiana describes one incident where a gang member killed one man after opening fire on a bar in Hammond, according to the Chicago Tribune.

David Capp, the U.S. attorney in Hammond, said at Tuesday news conference that the Latin Kings leadership ordered the attack after they discovered the establishment was serving members of a rival gang,

“This is about violence this organization has brought to the streets of Chicago and northern Indiana on a daily basis,” he said.

He added “many Indiana residents have mistakenly made the assumption that it’s a Latin Kings’ Chicago problem, but it’s a regional issue. We’ve got defendants in our biggest (Indiana) cities to our smallest farming communities.”

The Chicago indictment also mentions one gang member’s bid to kill a suburban Melrose Park police officer working with the FBI, but it provides no further details.

One of the conspiracy charges in the federal racketeering indictment, which is often utilized to target groups that display recurring patterns of criminality, carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence and a life sentence if murder or other violent crimes underpin the conspiracy.

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