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Press Release

Latin Kings Member Sentenced to Prison for Drug Dealing

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

BOSTON – A member of the Latin Kings street gang was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for distributing drugs in New Bedford.


Virgilio Adorno, a/k/a “Trigga,” a/k/a “Goyo,” 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to two years in prison and three years of supervised release.  In August 2017, Adorno pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine.


In March 2017, Adorno and others were charged following a long-term investigation into drug trafficking in the New Bedford area. Among other things, the investigation revealed that the Bonneau Court area of New Bedford had been overwhelmed by drug dealing and violent crime. Latin Kings gang members and associates were observed regularly using a section of Bonneau Court known as “The Pit” as a site for drug trafficking and other illegal activity. As part of the investigation, Adorno was caught selling crack cocaine to a cooperating witness in the Bonneau Court area. A subsequent search warrant executed at Adorno’s residence resulted in the seizure of additional crack cocaine.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; New Bedford Police Chief Joseph C. Cordeiro; and Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn made the announcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn A. MacKinlay, Chief of Weinreb’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kunal Pasricha, also of the Organized Crime and Gang Unit, are prosecuting the cases.

Updated November 3, 2017

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