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New indictments of alleged NWI Latin Kings

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana is announcing federal racketeering charges against 11 reputed additional members of the Latin Kings, a criminal enterprise doing business in Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

The Indictment also alleges a drug conspiracy in which the 11 plus another additional individual were charged, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Named in the indictment were the following:

* Jeremiah Shane Farmer, 35, of Hammond.

* Lazaro Francisco Delgado-Gonzalez Jr. a/k/a “Pollo Loco,” 27, of Highland.

* Timothy Maurice Diaz a/k/a “Slice,” 34, of Hammond.

* Sean Michael Pena a/k/a “Big Body,” 34, of Hammond.

* Marquis Sean Medellin a/k/a “Kilo,” 30, of Hammond.

* David Ulmenstine a/k/a “Silent,” 25, of Harvey, Ill.

* Jorge Esqueda a/k/a "”Silent,” 22, of East Chicago.

* Juan Alcaraz a/k/a “Silent,” 28, of Hammond.

* Miguel Angel Marines a/k/a “Egg,” 22, of East Chicago.

* Rafael Cancel, 35, of Hammond.

* Kash Lee Kelly, 28, of Hammond.

* Eduardo Ivel a/k/a “Little Smiley,” 21, of Hammond.

These 12 individuals were added to the existing Latin King indictment pending in the Northern District of Indiana that had previously charged 26 members or associates of the Latin Kings. “All of the above, except Kash Lee Kelly, were charged with a conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “All of the above, including Kash Lee Kelly, were charged with a conspiracy to distribute narcotics.”

Law enforcement arrested 8 of these individuals on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office added: Delgado-Gonzalez, Medellin, Ulmenstine, Esqueda, Alcaraz, Marines, Cancel, and Kelly. Two others, Farmer and Ivel, were already in state custody on unrelated charges. Two of the individuals, Timothy Maurice Diaz and Sean Michael Pena, are considered fugitives from justice.

Diaz has a listed address of 6320 New Hampshire Ave. in Hammond; Pena, of 1148 State St., also in Hammond. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Diaz and Pena are asked to call the FBI at (317) 595-4000 or the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at (800) ATF-GUNS.

“This indictment alleges new overt acts in furtherance of the illegal objectives of the Latin Kings including retaliatory arsons: January 5, 2013, on Durbin Street in Gary and on March 22, 2013, on Sherman Street, also in Gary,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

This indictment is part of the ongoing effort by local and federal law enforcement to remove criminal organizations from Northwest Indiana.

“As I have repeatedly stated, if you are a member of or associate with these criminal organizations we are coming after you,” U.S. Attorney David Capp said. “It may take us months or it may take longer but we are coming after you.”





Posted 1/25/2017




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