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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Over 60 Members of Latin Kings Charged


Over 60 Members of Latin Kings Charged

Members of the East Coast and Massachusetts leadership arrested

BOSTON – The East Coast and Massachusetts leadership of the Almighty Latin Kings and Queen Nation (Latin Kings), including more than 60 members and associates, face federal charges.

This morning, over 500 federal, state and local law enforcement officers arrested dozens of Latin Kings members and associates and executed 31 search warrants at 24 locations.

According to court documents, the Eastern Region of the Latin Kings encompasses local chapters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and various other states along the eastern seaboard from Maryland to Florida. There are 11 active Latin Kings Chapters operating in Massachusetts: D5K (Boston), Morton Street Bricks (Boston), New Bedford, Springfield, Lynn/Salem, Chelsea, Lowell, Lawrence, Worcester, Fitchburg and within the Department of Corrections.

Criminal activity in the Eastern Region is led by Michael Cecchetelli, a/k/a “King Merlin, 40, of Springfield, who holds the title of Supreme East Coast Regional Overseer. Cecchetelli is alleged to be the conduit between each of the Eastern Region states and the Latin Kings national leadership in Chicago. He developed a leadership approach to the gang which has become a model for other Latin Kings regions of the country.

The Latin Kings adhere to a national manifesto, employ an internal judiciary, and use a sophisticated system of communication to maintain the hierarchy of the criminal organization. As alleged in court documents, the gang uses drug distribution to generate revenue, and is motivated by a desire to further its influence and to protect its turf from rival gangs. This has fostered a culture of institutional violence and secrecy.

During the four-year investigation, law enforcement developed evidence that the Latin Kings trafficked drugs, conspired to murder more than 10 victims, and committed violent crimes including numerous incidents of robbery, shootings, stabbings and witness intimidation.

The RICO conspiracy charge provides a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Depending on the drug quantity, the drug trafficking conspiracy and distribution charges provide for a sentence of up to 20 years, 40 years, or life, a minimum of three, four or five years of supervised release and fines of $1 million, $5 million and $10 million. The charge of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides a sentence of up to 10 years, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Correction made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was also provided by the FBI North Shore Gang Task Force, Bristol County and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Offices.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emily Cannon and Philip Mallard of Lelling’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit are prosecuting the cases.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



The following defendants have been charged:




Michael Cecchetelli, King Merlin

East Coast Team,

East Coast Overseer


Esther Ortiz, Queen India

Meriden, CT

East Coast Team,

East Coast Crown Council Chairwoman


Hector Manuel Vega, King Demon

Britian, CT

East Coast Team,

Crown Council Member, CT


Jorge Rodriguez, King G

State Team, Cacique

Enforcer (Former)


Michael Marrero, King Clumsy

State Team, Enforcer

Regional Officer (Former)


Francisco Lopez, King Cisco

Chelsea, Mass

.State Team, Treasurer/Secretary


Gregory Peguero-Colon, King Trece

Springfield, Mass

.State Team,

Crown Council Chairman


Juan Liberato, King Prodigy

Haverhill, Mass

.State Team, Inca (Former)


Angel Roldan, King Big-A and Nelty

Lowell, Mass

.State Team, Cacique (Former)

Enforcer (Former)


Frutuoso Barros, King Fruity

DOC, Supreme Regional Officer


Sandra Correa, Queen Dream

Peabody, Mass

.DOC, Secretary (Former)


Shaun Harrison Rev

DOC, Member


Vincent Dzierwinski, King Vice

DOC, Member


Wilson Peguero, King Dubb

Dorchester, Mass

.D5K, Inca


Alexis Peguero, King Lexi/Looney

Dorchester, Mass

.D5K, Cacique


Matthew Palacios, King Nene

D5K, Enforcer


Steven Familia-Valdez, King Haze

Mattapan, Mass

.D5K, Member


Dante Lara, King Nasty

Providence, RI

D5K, Member


Robert Lara, King Rizz

Chelsea, Mass

.D5K, Member


Angel Abymael Ortiz, King Abby

Randolph, Mass

.D5K, Member


Angel Rodriguez, King Ace

Dorchester, Mass

.D5K, Member

Crown Council Chairman for Boston


Alexis Velasquez, King Booboo

Dorchester, Mass

.MSB, Inca


Angel Calderon, King Bam


(Former) State Team Head of Security


Oscar Pena, King O-Block

D5K, Member


Jose Rodriguez, King Stutter

New Bedford, Mass

.New Bedford, Inca


Orlando Santiago-Torres, King Landi

New Bedford, Cacique


Robert Avitabile a/k/a Bobby

New Bedford, Associate


Taliyah Barboza, Queen Taliyah

New Bedford, Mass

.New Bedford, Member


Josue Carrasquillo, King Playboy

Springfield, Mass

.New Bedford, Member


Michael Cotto, King Gordo

New Bedford, Mass

.New Bedford, (Former) Regional Officer


Juan Figueroa, King Pun

Dorchester, Mass

.New Bedford, Member


Issac Felix-Rivera, King Izzy

New Bedford, Member


Kevin Guadalupe, King Milly

New Bedford, Mass

.New Bedford, Member


Shelton Johnson, King Shells

New Bedford, Mass

.New Bedford, Member


Tyson Jorge, King Music

New Bedford, Member


Emanuel Lopez-Velez, King Manny

New Bedford, Probationary Member


Luis Mendez, King Primo

New Bedford, Member, Incarcerated


Raekwan Paris, King D-Bo

New Bedford, Member


Jayco Reyes-Smith, King Javy

Former New Bedford Member, now in North Carolina


Luis Santiago, King Tiny

New Bedford, Member, Incarcerated


Roberto Vargas, King Royalty

New Bedford, Member


Jose Vasquez, King Fearless

New Bedford, Member


Natanel Velazquez, King Nael

New Bedford, Mass

.New Bedford, Member


Israel Rodriguez, King Imperial

Lynn, Mass

.North Shore, Inca


Alfred Nieves, King Alfy

Lowell, Mass

.Lowell, Inca


Marlon Rivera, King Pluto

Fitchburg, Member

D5K, Founder


Ines Lugo, Queen China

New Bedford, Mass

.New Bedford, Secretary


Jeremia Medina, King Sweepy

New Bedford, Mass

.New Bedford, Enforcer


Bienvenido Nunez, King Apache

Enfield, CT

State Team, Inca


Tanairy Ruiz, Queen Tanairy

New Bedford, Mass

.New Bedford, Member


Xavier Valentin-Soto, King X

New Bedford, Member

(Former) Cascique, Incarcerated


Joel Francisco, King Casper

Rhode Island, Member


Eric Thomas, King E

Rhode Island, Inca


Alvin Mojica, King Humble

Worcester, Inca


Sophia Velasquez, Queen Sophia

Fitchburg, Member


Dairon Rivera, King Mafia

Fitchburg, Member


Hector Adorno, King Gordo

Springfield, Member


Jesus Diaz, King Kiko

N. Shore, Member


Henry Caribe, King 40cal

N. Shore, Member


Jonathan Cassiano, King Legend

Springfield, Member


Antoine Goodson

Associate, gun supplier to gang


Derek Southworth

Associate, gun supplier to gang

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