Latin Kings gang member gets 20 years for dealing drugs, racketeering

2013-05-21T18:15:00Z 2013-05-21T23:22:09Z Latin Kings gang member gets 20 years for dealing drugs, racketeeringTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 21, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

HAMMOND | An admitted member of the Latin Kings street gang was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in federal prison as part of a sweeping racketeering case.

Oscar “Puppet” Gonzalez, of Hammond, signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Hammond last year, acknowledging he was guilty of conspiring to participate in racketeering activity and possessing with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana.

An indictment in the case alleges Gonzalez participated in the alleged murder of a man whom his gang believed was part of a rival gang in May 2008.

Federal prosecutors also alleged Gonzalez was part of the gang and had a hand in the drug distribution operation.

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