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Six charged in alleged Latin Kings conspiracy

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United States Attorney Thomas Kirsch is announcing federal racketeering and drug conspiracy charges against six members of the Latin Kings, a criminal enterprise operating in Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Named in today’s two-count superseding indictment are the following:

* Jeremiah Shane Farmer, 37, of Hammond.

* Sean Michael Pena a/k/a “Big Body,” 36, of Hammond.

* David Ulmenstine a/k/a “Silent,” 27, of Harvey, Ill.

* Miguel Angel Marines a/k/a “Egg,” 24, of East Chicago.

* Reynaldo Robles a/k/a “Sneaky,” 27, of Lake Station.

* Mark Anthony Toney a/k/a “Slim,” 39, of Lake Village, Ind.

“This fifth superseding indictment alleges a conspiracy to commit racketeering activity by the Latin Kings street gang and a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, marijuana, and alprazolam (Xanax), with the conspiracies stretching back to 1999,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said. “Today’s superseding indictment charges for the first time that in 1999, in furtherance of the Latin Kings racketeering conspiracy, Farmer committed a double homicide during a robbery of a local Hammond, Ind., business. In total, 50 members or associates of the Latin Kings street gang have been charged in Northern District of Indiana as part of this case.”

“This indictment should send a strong message to those engaged in gang and other violent crime. We will focus all of our law enforcement efforts on reducing violent crime in my District,” Kirsch said.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Chicago Police Department, the East Chicago Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Gary Police Department, the Hammond Police Department, the Lake County Sheriff’s Police, and Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area officers and agents.


Posted 10/19/2018




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