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Avowed Latin King leader in Texas gets 21 years

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An avowed Texas leader of the Latin Kings street gang has been sentenced to more than 21 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Dante Reyes, aka “DK,” 41, of Alton, Texas, was sentenced to 262 months in prison and to three years of supervised released, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The “Latin Kings is a nationwide gang that originated in Chicago and has branched out throughout the United States, including the State of Texas,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “The Latin Kings is a well-organized street gang that has well-defined leadership and is composed of regions that include multiple chapters. The third superseding indictment charges that the Latin Kings was responsible for more than 20 murders in Southeast Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Big Spring, Texas.”

During the trial of a co-defendant of Reyes, the government presented evidence of several murders committed by members of the Latin Kings and cooperating defendants testified that the Latin Kings were responsible for distributing more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana over the course of the racketeering conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Reyes, at his plea hearing, acknowledged that he became a member of the Latin Kings at an early age and ultimately rose to the level of South Texas Regional Inca, admitted that he attended at least two meetings in Texas with other members of the Latin Kings leadership in order to solidify the relationship between the Latin Kings in Texas and Chicago, and admitted further that on at least one occasion he traveled to the Chicago area with other Latin Kings members to meet with local Latin Kings leadership.

“According to court documents, Reyes distributed cocaine and marijuana to Latin Kings members in Texas,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “He also distributed cocaine in Michigan through the use of couriers. These couriers traveled from Texas by bus or other vehicles and passed through the Northern District of Indiana while en route.”

A total of 23 Latin Kings members and associates has been indicted in this case. Including Reyes, 21 defendants have pleaded guilty, one was convicted by jury, and one remains a fugitive.

This case was investigated by the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; ICE Homeland Security Investigations; the National Gang Intelligence Center; the Chicago Police Department; the Houston Police Department; and the Griffith, Highland, Hammond, and East Chicago police departments.

 

Posted 9/20/2013