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Latin King Gang Member Sentenced To 108 Months in Prison For Racketeering Conspiracy

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

HAMMOND-Sean Pena, 37, of Portage, Indiana, and a member of the Chicago-based Latin Kings, was sentenced by Judge Simon to 108 months in prison following his guilty plea to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.    

According to documents in the case, Pena was held responsible for drug trafficking activity involving between 5 kilograms and 15 kilograms of cocaine distributed by the Latin Kings street gang.  As a member of the Latin Kings, Pena attended gang meetings and paid dues, which went to the purchase of such things as firearms and narcotics for the gang.  Pena was involved in distributing narcotics and patrolled Latin King neighborhoods looking out for rival gang members and police.        

This case is the result of the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the East Chicago Police Department, the Gary Police Department, the Hammond Police Department, the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Department and Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area officers and agents.  The Lake County, Indiana Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, have also provided assistance.  The Latin King case is being prosecuted by Northern District of Indiana Assistant U.S. Attorneys David J. Nozick and Nicholas J. Padilla.


Updated January 16, 2020

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