Feds Charge 60 Latin King Gang Members in IL, IN

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The Almighty Latin King Nation street gang operates with corporate precision, federal officials say. Members meet, pay chapter dues, and honor the group’s “manifesto” or “constitution.” When they gather, they allegedly plan murders. New members endure vicious beatings. And if a Latin King steps out of line, he could be subject to an “SOS” order: “Shoot on sight.” In a massive gang takedown announced yesterday that crossed state lines, authorities have unsealed a set of sweeping indictments targeting more than 60 alleged Latin King members in Illinois and Indiana, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Three dozen alleged Latin Kings face charges in Illinois, and many have already been rounded up.

“The cases are ultimately about one thing, and that is violence,” U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon said. “Gang violence. Gun violence. Senseless violence. The type of violence that plagues our communities, our neighborhoods, in Chicago and beyond.” A pair of racketeering indictments filed in Chicago are filled with allegations of murder, arson, assault, and extortion. They are littered with nicknames for the many defendants, including “Smokey,” “Monster,” “Terrorist,” “Bowser,” “Tommy Gunns” and “Sin.” The defendants all allegedly served a street-gang organization divided by regions and led by “officers,” “incas,” “enforcers” and “treasurers.”

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