HAMMOND | Federal prosecutors closed the book on the Texas leader of the Latin Kings street gang Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hammond.
Judge Rudy Lozano sentenced Dante “DK” Reyes, 41, of Alton, Texas, to 262 months in prison for racketeering and conspiracy following a plea deal.
With its origin in Chicago, the Latin Kings branched out throughout the United States, including Texas, stated a U.S. Department of Justice news release. The federal government noted that a superseding indictment charges that the Latin Kings are responsible for more than 20 murders in southeast Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Big Spring, Texas.
During his guilty plea proceeding, Reyes acknowledged he became a member of the Latin Kings at an early age, rose to the level of South Texas Regional Inca, and worked to solidify relationships between the gang’s Texas and Chicago factions, the federal government said.
Reyes distributed cocaine and marijuana to Latin Kings members in Texas, and also distributed cocaine in Michigan through the use of couriers, the federal government said. However, Reyes does not face any drug charges.
Federal prosecutors have indicted 23 Latin Kings members and associates in a far-reaching racketing case into the gang’s national activities. Reyes is among 21 defendants who have pleaded guilty.
Cooperating co-defendants have testified the Latin Kings were responsible for distributing more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana over the course of the racketing conspiracy, the federal government said.
The Griffith, Highland, Hammond and East Chicago police departments assisted the Chicago and Houston police departments in the investigations as well as the FBI and other federal agencies.