HAMMOND | An Illinois man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Friday for his role in a sweeping Latin Kings street gang, drug and murder conspiracy case involving more than 20 defendants.
Ivan Quiroz, 30, of Posen, Ill., agreed to plead guilty in Hammond federal court last year to racketeering, two counts of murder in the aid of racketeering, one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, and two gun-related counts tied to the murder and drug charges.
Quiroz was among 23 alleged Latin Kings members or associates, including two former Chicago police officers, indicted in the racketeering case.
In addition to his 25-year prison sentence, Quiroz will be required to serve five years on supervised release following his sentence.
The indictments filed in the case allege the Latin Kings were responsible for at least 19 murders in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana region and in Big Spring, Texas, according to federal authorities.
“The Latin King indictments and the subsequent arrests and guilty pleas ... has had a major, positive impact on the level of violence in our communities,” Hammond-based U.S. Attorney David Capp said in a previous news release. “My thanks to all for the tireless efforts by our local and federal law enforcement and our attorneys. We are not finished. We will continue to investigate and prosecute members of organized criminal gangs or those who deal with such individuals.”
The 23 people charged and entering guilty pleas in the Latin Kings Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act conspiracy indictments were Quiroz; Alexander Vargas, 35, of Highland; Antonio Gudino, 31, of East Chicago; Sergio Robles, 24, Oscar Gonzalez, 23, Santiago Gudino, 28, and Victor Meza, 24, all of Hammond; David Lira, 39, of Lansing; Bianca Fernandez, 23, Alex Guerrero, 43, Sisto Bernal, 46, Gabriel Jalomos, 26, Jose Zambrano, 33, Hiluterio Chavez, 37, Emiliano Esparza, 40, Jason Ortiz, 30, Brandon Clay, 26, Jermaine Ellis, 23, Martin Anaya, 42, and Antonio C. Martinez Jr., 42, all of Chicago.