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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 9, 2018

Former Latin Kings Gang Member Sentenced to More than Nine Years for Firearms Offenses

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich today sentenced former Latin Kings game member Anibal Angel Rios-Mulero (33, Tampa) to nine years and nine months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.  The Court also ordered him to forfeit the firearms and ammunition.

Rios Mulero pleaded guilty on October 16, 2017.

According to court documents, on November 12, 2015, Rios-Mulero, a convicted felon, possessed and fired a Taurus.380 caliber pistol during an altercation outside his residence. After the shooting, law enforcmeent officers went to Rios-Mulero’s house and seized a .380 caliber shell casing in the driveway, and a another .380 caliber shell casing around the sidewalk area in front of the house. Two days later, on November 14, 2015, officers searched Rios-Mulero’s house and found a loaded black Taurus .380 caliber pistol, ammunition, and 56 baggies bags of heroin packaged for distribution in the attic. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Simon A. Gaugush.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to develop districtwide crime reduction strategies, incorporating the lessons learned since the program’s inception in 2001. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated March 1, 2018