HAMMOND | A high-ranking member of the Latin Kings is scheduled to be sentenced next month in a sweeping federal racketeering case.
Alexander "Pacman" Vargas, of Highland, will be sentenced at 1 p.m. Sept. 19, according to a notice filed in court Wednesday. He could face life in prison, according to a plea agreement.
In February 2012, Vargas pleaded guilty to racketeering, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, murder in aid of racketeering and murder resulting from the use of a firearm during crimes of violence and drug trafficking, according to the agreement. He was indicted on the charges in 2010.
Vargas was a regional Inca within the gang, which meant he controlled gang members in the Chicago area and consulted with gang members in Texas.
According to court records, Vargas ordered Latin Kings members to kill rival Latin Dragons members in retaliation for his younger brother's death.