A Chicago police officer and three members of the Almighty Latin Kings
Nation pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy and other related charges
in a superseding indictment involving alleged members or associates of the
Latin Kings, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana
Chicago Police Officer Alex Guerrero, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to
participate in racketeering activity; conspiracy to possess with intent to
distribute and distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 1,000
kilograms or more of marijuana; interference with commerce by threats or
violence; and use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to crimes
of violence and drug trafficking.
As part of his plea agreement, Guerrero acknowledged that a 19-year prison
sentence is appropriate, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The third superseding indictment, which charged 21 defendants, was returned
by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Indiana on Nov. 16,
2011, and was unsealed two days later.
According to that indictment, the Latin Kings is a nationwide gang that
originated in Chicago and has branched out throughout the United States,
including to Texas. “The Latin Kings is a well organized street gang that
has specific leadership and is comprised of regions that include multiple
chapters,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
On July 31, Brandon Clay, 26, of Chicago, and Antonio Gudino, 30, of East
Chicago, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to participate in racketeering
activity. As part of their plea agreements, Clay and Gudino have each
acknowledged that a prison sentence is appropriate, the U.S. Attorney’s
Office said: 30 years for Clay and 10 years for Gudino.
On July 30, Jason Ortiz, 30, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to the same count as
Clay and Gudino. As part of his plea agreement, Ortiz acknowledges that a
25-year prison sentence is appropriate, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
“Guerrero admitted in the plea agreement that he is responsible for
possession of and distribution of 150 kilograms or more of cocaine as
alleged in Count 2,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “He also admitted in
the plea agreement that he physically restrained the victim in the course of
the offense alleged in Count 14. Guerrero admitted that he abused a position
of public trust in a manner that significantly facilitated the commission or
concealment of the offense.”
The following were charged in the third superseding indictment:
•Alexander Vargas, 34, aka “Pacman,” of Highland,
•Sisto Bernal, 46, aka “Cisco” and “Shug,” of Chicago.
•Jason Ortiz, 30, aka “Creeper,” of Chicago.
•Brandon Clay, 26, aka “Cheddar,” “Swiss,” “Slick,” of Chicago.
•Martin Anaya, 41, aka “Left,” of Chicago.
•Ivan Quiroz, 30, of Posen, Ill.
•Hiluterio Chavez, 41, aka “Tails,” and “Zeus,” of Chicago.
•Dante Reyes, 35, aka “DK,” of Mission, Texas.
•Sergio Robles, 24, aka “Checko,” of Hammond.
•Emiliano Esparza, 40, aka “Ken Milleano,” “Kent,” and “Double G,” of
•Paulino Salazar, 30, aka “Chino,” of Chicago.
•Santiago Gudino, 28, aka “Creeper,” of Hammond.
•Gabriel Jalomos, 25, aka “Sneaky,” of Chicago.
•Oscar Gonzalez, 22, aka “Puppet,” of Hammond.
•David Lira, 38, aka “Flaco,” of Lansing, Ill.
•Victor Meza Jr., 23, aka “Shadow,” of Hammond.
•Antonio Gudino, 30, aka “Chronic,” of Indiana.
•Bianca Fernandez, 23, of Chicago.
•Serina Arambula, 23 of Chicago.
•Alex Guerrero, 42, of Chicago.
•Antonio C. Martinez Jr., 41, of Chicago.
Jose Zambrano, 32, aka “Speedy,” aka “Bird,” aka “Big Greasy,” of Sauk
Village, Ill., and Jermaine Ellis, 23, aka “J-Dub,” “Donnie Brosco,”
“Shorty” of Chicago, were both charged in the first indictment returned on
June 17, 2010, and unsealed on June 29, 2010.
“As alleged in the third superseding indictment, the Latin Kings enforces
its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects and
associates through murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, assault
and threats against those who violate the rules or pose a threat to the
Latin Kings,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Members are required to
follow the orders of higher-ranking members, including taking on assignments
often referred to as ‘missions.’”
A total of 23 members and associates have been indicted in this case, the
U.S. Attorney’s Office said, and of those 17 have pleaded guilty and are
awaiting sentencing. There are three defendants scheduled for trial on Sept.
10, 2012, before Judge Lozano.
There remains one fugitive in this case, Paulino Salizar, 30, aka “Chino,”
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives; the Chicago Police Department; the East Chicago Police
Department; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the FBI; the Griffith
Police Department; the Hammond Police Department; the Highland Police
Department; the Houston Police Department; Immigration and Customs
Enforcement-Department of Homeland Security; and the National Gang