HAMMOND | Another member of the Imperial Gangster pleaded guilty Friday to federal racketeering and drug charges.
Michael A. Castillo, 22, of East Chicago, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when Chief Judge Philip Simon sentences him at a later date.
Federal court records state Castillo signed a plea agreement in which he admitted to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity and possess 5 kilograms of cocaine and 100 kilograms of marijuana.
He is among more than 20 men charged by a federal grand jury as members of a street gang suspected of organized drug dealing and homicide. A dozen of them earlier pleaded guilty to related charges.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI as well as Lake County, East Chicago, Gary and Hammond police and the Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force.