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Latin King Gang Leader Sentenced for Illegal Gun Possession and Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A member of the Latin Kings man was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston for drug and gun possession.


Luis Lopez, 31, of New Bedford, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Rickard G. Stearns to 15 years in prison and three years of supervised release. In October 2016, Lopez pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.


The police sought and received a search warrant for Lopez’s residence in New Bedford, where approximately $2,000, cell phones, a digital scale, packaging materials, heroin and a Glock 9mm handgun with 16 rounds of ammunition were recovered.


Lopez has previously been convicted of drug dealing and committing violent crimes. Lopez is also an alleged Latin King gang leader, which, among other things, is evidenced by tattoos that adorn his face, including a Latin Kings crown and “shoot to kill.”


United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, & Explosives, Boston Field Division; New Bedford Police Chief Joseph B. Cordeiro; and Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn A. MacKinlay of Ortiz’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated January 14, 2017

Drug Trafficking