Former Boston Latin Kings Chapter member pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy
The accused admitted to having participated in a shooting in June 2019
BOSTON (USDOJ) – A former Boston-based Devon Street Kings chapter member of the Massachusetts Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (“Latin Kings”) pleaded guilty today to racketeering charges. The accused admitted to firing at another member of the Latin Kings in June 2019.
Juan Figueroa, aka “King Pun”, 25, pleaded guilty to conspiring to conduct corporate business through a racketeering scheme, more commonly known as the RICO conspiracy. US District Court Senior Judge Rya W. Zobel set the sentence for December 9, 2020. Figueroa was arrested and charged in December 2019, when he was a member of the Devon Street Kings, a section of the Latin Kings based in Boston. and had formerly been a member of the New Bedford chapter.
The Latin Kings are a violent criminal enterprise made up of thousands of members across the United States. The Latin Kings adhere to a national manifesto, employ an internal judicial system, and use a sophisticated communication system to maintain the hierarchy of the organization. As alleged in court documents, the gang uses drug distribution to generate income and engage in violence against witnesses and rival gangs to strengthen its influence and protect its territory.
Figueroa admitted to participating in a shootout in June 2019 in which he shot at a member of the Latin Kings who was in bad shape with the gang. Figueroa further admitted to creating numerous songs and accompanying music videos that served as convincing propaganda for the gang. Producing music under the name “The Almighty King Pun,” Figueroa’s songs and music videos showed the gang members wielding guns, bragging about their propensity for violence and describing the extent of their successful operations. drug distribution. The music videos featured groups of Latin Kings members wearing gang colors, clothing and symbols, and throwing up signs. The lyrics in these video clips taunted and threatened rival gang members.
In December 2019, a federal grand jury has handed down an indictment alleging racketeering, drug conspiracy and gun conspiracy charges against 62 officers, members and associates of the Latin Kings. Figueroa is the twelfth accused to plead guilty in this case.
The RICO conspiracy charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $ 250,000. Sentences are imposed by a judge in a federal district court based on US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Correction; Boston Police Commissioner William Gross; and New Bedford Police Chief Joseph C. Cordeiro made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was also provided by the FBI North Shore Gang Task Force and the Bristol County and Suffolk County Prosecutor’s Offices. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip A. Mallard and Mark Grady of Lelling’s Criminal Division are continuing the case.
The operation was led by a multi-agency task force through the Drugs Against Organized Crime Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal law enforcement agencies, state and local. The main mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, arms trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the illegal drug supply of the country. country. More information on the OCDETF program is available here: https://www.justice.gov/ocdetf/about-ocdetf.
Details contained in the indictment documents are allegations. Other defendants are presumed innocent unless and until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.