On Thursday, the feds announced major indictments against 17 members of the Latin Kings and two members of the Two Six Nation for charges including murder, sex trafficking and narcotics distribution in the northwest Indiana area.
The 17 members of the Latin Kings represent sets from Hammond, East Chicago and Gary. they have been charged with a racketeering conspiracy that spanned from 2003 until November of this year, according to the Chicago Sun. The indictment alleges the Latin Kings of participating in murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery, kidnapping, sex trafficking and narcotics distribution. The members named are:
- Anton Lamont James, aka “Ghost,” 19, of Hammond;
- Joseph Uvalle, aka “Little Foot,” 33, of Crown Point;
- Jason Christopher Brown, aka “Midnight,” 21, of Merrillville;
- Javier Castillo, 19, of Hammond;
- Rodolfo Carlos Flores, aka “Big Head,” 29, of Hammond;
- Francisco Gamez, aka “Frank Nitti,” 30, of Portage;
- Alexis Santos, 20, of Hammond;
- Pierre Java Forest, aka “Joker,” 21, of Harvey, IL;
- Keith Trevor Manuel, aka “Smiley,” 26, of Gary;
- Aldon Perez, aka “Spooky,” 20, of Hammond;
- Jose Antonio Sanchez, aka “Sly,” 26, of Hammond;
- Julian Robert Rebeles, aka “King Porky,” 24, of Hammond;
- Mario Resendiz, aka “Spank,” “Rio”, 23, of East Chicago;
- Alberto Tirado, aka “B Murda,” 25, of East Chicago; and
- Raymond Fazekas, aka “Pirate,” 26, of Lake Station.
Also, 21-year-old Sean “Demon” Yancey of Gary was charged with conspiracy to posses and distribute five keys of cocaine and 100 kilos of weed. The Sun elaborates on the charges:
Uvalle and 35-year-old Melinda Milton, of East Chicago, also face several counts of sex trafficking by fraud or coercion, and interstate transportation for prostitution, prosecutors said.
Also, Anton James has been previously charged with fatally shooting Martin Hurtado Sr. on Oct. 28, 2014, authorities said. This count carries over unchanged from the first indictment.
The two Two Six members were indicted in a separate case. Prosecutors charged them with murder in aid of racketeering, and use of a firearm in connection with a crime of violence. Anthony Laviena, 35, of Staten Island, New York; and 45-year-old Deaundra L. Joshua, aka “D Ruff,” of Gary were charged with the 1999 murder of Albert “Greeny” Guzman, a man they allegedly killed Guzman to “maintain and enhance” their positions in the gang.
Two more members of the Two Six Nation were also named in the indictment. The Sun reports:
On Jan. 5, 1991, Jesus Fuentes, who recently pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering, and his associates, shot and killed a Latin Kings member, Miguel Fernandez, in East Chicago, during an attempted robbery. Also, on Oct. 30, 1997, Fuentes directed Hammond resident Julio Cartagena, now deceased, to kill Edwardo Miranda in Gary because Miranda was believed to have stolen weapons from the gang.
“We have repeatedly announced that if you are a member of a violent street gang we are coming after you,” said U.S. Attorney David Capp. “Today’s indictments are the latest in our ongoing enforcement effort to eliminate these criminal organizations from northwest Indiana. It does not matter how old you are or when your criminal conduct occurred, you are next.”