An avowed member of the Imperial Gangster street gang has agreed to
cooperate with authorities in an ongoing investigation of criminal gangs,
U.S. Attorney David Capp announced on Wednesday.
Raymond Campos pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and--in a separate
information--to murder in aid of racketeering activity, the latter in
connection with the slaying of 14-year-old Steven Rodriguez in East Chicago
on Feb. 9, 2002.
The Rodriguez homicide is the 20th previously uncharged homicide which the
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana has charged “in
its ongoing efforts against organized street gangs, particularly the
Imperial Gangsters and Latin Kings,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
“It does not matter how long ago some of these homicides may have occurred,”
Capp said. “We are actively investigating any number of cold homicides. When
the evidence warrants, we will seek indictments. It is our intention to keep
the pressure on these organized street gangs and hold them accountable for
their criminal acts, regardless of when they occurred.”
Thirteen previously uncharged homicides attributed to the Imperial
Gangsters--committed between February 2002 and June 2010--are now on the
docket in federal court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Eleven were
committed in East Chicago, one in Gary, and one in Hammond.
Six additional previously uncharged homicides attributed to the Latin
Kings--committed between December 2003 and April 2009--are also now on the
docket. Two were committed in Griffith, two in Chicago, one in Hammond, and
one in East Chicago.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,
and Explosives, the East Chicago Police Department, and the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, with assistance from the Gary Police Department, the
Hammond Police Department and the Lake County HIDTA.