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Friday, March 18, 2022

Former Member of Springfield Latin Kings Chapter Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Firearm Offense

BOSTON – A former member of the Springfield Chapter of the Massachusetts Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings) was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for a firearm offense.

Hector Adorno, a/k/a “King Gordo,” 36, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. On Sept. 1, 2021, Adorno pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition.

The Latin Kings are a violent criminal enterprise comprised of thousands of members across the United States. The Latin Kings adhere to a national manifesto, employ an internal judiciary and use a sophisticated system of communication to maintain the hierarchy of the organization. As alleged in court documents, the gang uses drug distribution to generate revenue, and engages in violence against witnesses and rival gangs to further its influence and to protect its turf.

In May 2019, Adorno was wanted on assault charges. At the time of his arrest, Adorno was found in possession of a loaded firearm, located beside him at arm’s reach on a bedroom nightstand in his residence. Adorno was also on supervised release at the time for a serious federal drug conviction, for which he served 106 months, and was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

In December 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment alleging racketeering conspiracy, drug conspiracy and firearms charges against 62 leaders, members and associates of the Latin Kings. Adorno is the 47th defendant to be sentenced in the case.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Correction; and New Bedford Police Chief Joseph C. Cordeiro made the announcement. Valuable assistance was also provided by the FBI North Shore Gang Task Force and the Bristol County and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Offices. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip A. Mallard of the Organized Crime & Gang Unit prosecuted the case.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated March 18, 2022