Prosecutors asking high-ranking Latin King spend 23 years in prison

2013-09-11T19:10:00Z 2013-09-11T20:06:08Z Prosecutors asking high-ranking Latin King spend 23 years in prisonElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
September 11, 2013 7:10 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to sentence a high-ranking Latin King member to 23 years in federal prison.

Alexander "Pacman" Vargas, of Highland, pleaded guilty in February 2012 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 plea agreement. He was originally indicted 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.

Prosecutors also filed a sentencing memorandum for Dante L. "DK" Reyes, a high-ranking Latin King leader from Texas, and asked a judge to sentence him to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison. According to court records, Reyes was an Inca in the southern region of Texas and met with gang members in Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Reyes pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, according to a plea agreement. He could have faced life in prison.

Reyes asked a judge to sentence him to eight years in prison, according to court records.

Vargas is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court at 1 p.m. Sept. 19. Reyes is scheduled to be sentenced at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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