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
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
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.