(Information) – Dozens of members of the Latin Kings gang, one of many world’s largest prison organizations, had been arrested on Thursday in Massachusetts and alongside the East Coast on federal racketeering, gun and drug prices, the U.S. Division of Justice stated.
Some 62 gang members, together with Michael Cecchetelli, a regional chief of the Latin Kings, had been arrested by some 500 native, state and federal regulation enforcement brokers who executed 31 search warrants at 24 areas, the USA Lawyer’s Workplace in Massachusetts stated in an announcement.
The suspects face 9 counts of racketeering, cocaine and fentanyl possession and distribution and firearm and ammunition possession by a felon. If convicted, they face a long time in jail and attainable fines of greater than $1 million, relying on the offense.
The Justice Division described the Latin Kings, shaped in Chicago within the 1960s, as one of many largest prison organizations on the earth. It “adhere to a nationwide manifesto, make use of an inside judiciary, and use a classy system of communication” to keep up a prison group.
“The gang makes use of drug distribution to generate income, and is motivated by a need to additional its affect and to guard its turf from rival gangs,” the division stated. “This has fostered a tradition of institutional violence and secrecy.”
The arrests come after a four-year investigation into the gang’s involvement in drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit homicide, theft, violent crime and witness intimidation, the division stated.
The Division of Justice alleged that Cecchetelli, generally known as “King Merlin,” is the regional chief of the gang, appearing as a conduit between every of the jap area states and the Latin Kings nationwide management in Chicago.
“He developed a management strategy to the gang which has develop into a mannequin for different Latin Kings areas of the nation,” the division stated.
The arrests centered on chapters in Massachusetts and alongside the East Coast in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and in different states from Maryland to Florida.
At present there are 11 Latin Kings Chapters working in Massachusetts, together with two in Boston and one every in New Bedford, Springfield throughout the division of corrections in Massachusetts.
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Enhancing by Chizu Nomiyama and Alistair Bell