SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After a four-year investigation, federal, state, and local enforcement officers arrested over 60 members of the Latin Kings gang, five of whom are from Springfield.

According to the office of U.S Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, 31 search warrants at 24 locations were conducted following the arrests.

Lelling stated criminal activity in the Eastern Region is led by 40-year-old Michael Cecchetelli also known as “King Merlin” of Springfield.

There are 11 active Latin Kings Chapters operating in Massachusetts: D5K (Boston), Morton Street Bricks (Boston), New Bedford, Springfield, Lynn/Salem, Chelsea, Lowell, Lawrence, Worcester, Fitchburg and within the Department of Corrections.

Feds: Over 60 Latin Kings members arrested along East Coast

Cecchetelli is alleged to be the conduit between each of the Eastern Region states and the Latin Kings national leadership in Chicago. He developed a leadership approach to the gang which has become a model for other Latin Kings regions of the country. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling

The gang uses drug distribution to generate revenue and is motivated by a desire to further its influence and to protect its turf from rival gangs.

After years of investigation, evidence has been developed that the Latin Kings trafficked drugs, conspired to murder more than 10 victims, and were involved in numerous incidents of robbery, shootings, stabbings, and witness intimidation.

“The RICO conspiracy charge provides a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Depending on the drug quantity, the drug trafficking conspiracy and distribution charges provide for a sentence of up to 20 years, 40 years, or life, a minimum of three, four or five years of supervised release and fines of $1 million, $5 million and $10 million. 

Based on the drug quantity, the drug trafficking conspiracy and distribution charges provides a sentence of up to 20 years, 40 years, or life. There could be a minimum of three to five years of supervised release and fines of $1 million, $5 million and $10 million.”

Office of U.S Attorney Andrew E. Lelling

Operation Throne Down Defendants:

  1. Michael Cecchetelli, King Merlin: Springfield, MA
    • East Coast Team
    • East Coast Overseer
  2. Esther Ortiz, Queen India: Meriden, CT
    • East Coast Team
    • East Coast Crown Council Chairwoman
  3. Hector Manuel Vega, King Demon: Britain, CT
    • East Coast Team
    • Crown Council Member, CT
  4. Jorge Rodriguez, King G
    • State Team, Cacique
    • Enforcer (Former)
  5. Michael Marrero, King Clumsy
    • State Team, Enforcer
    • Regional Officer (Former)
  6. Francisco Lopez, King Cisco: Chelsea, MA
    • State Team, Treasurer/Secretary
  7. Gregory Peguero-Colon, King Trece: Springfield, MA
    • State Team
    • Crown Council Chairman
  8. Juan Liberato, King Prodigy: Haverhill, MA
    • State Team, Inca (Former)
  9. Angel Roldan, King Big-A and Nelty: Lowell, MA
    • State Team, Cacique (Former)
    • Enforcer (Former)
  10. Frutuoso Barros, King Fruity
    • DOC, Supreme Regional Officer
  11. Sandra Correa, Queen Dream: Peabody, MA
    • DOC, Secretary (Former)
  12. Shaun Harrison Rev
    • DOC, Member
  13. Vincent Dzierwinski, King Vice
    • DOC, Member
  14. Wilson Peguero, King Dubb: Dorchester, MA
    • D5K, Inca
  15. Alexis Peguero, King Lexi/Looney: Dorchester, MA
    • D5K, Cacique
  16. Matthew Palacios, King Nene
    • D5K, Enforcer
  17. Steven Familia-Valdez, King Haze: Mattapan, MA
    • D5K, Member
  18. Dante Lara, King Nasty: Providence, RI
    • D5K, Member
  19. Robert Lara, King Rizz: Chelsea, MA
    • D5K, Member
  20. Angel Abymael Ortiz, King Abby: Randolph, MA
    • D5K, Member
  21. Angel Rodriguez, King Ace: Dorchester, MA
    • D5K, Member
    • Crown Council Chairman for Boston
  22. Alexis Velasquez, King Booboo: Dorchester, MA
    • MSB, Inca
  23. Angel Calderon, King Bam
    • MSB
    • (Former) State Team Head of Security
  24. Oscar Pena, King O-Block
    • D5K, Member
  25. Jose Rodriguez, King Stutter: New Bedford, MA
    • New Bedford, Inca
  26. Orlando Santiago-Torres, King Landi
    • New Bedford, Cacique
  27. Robert Avitabile a/k/a Bobby
    • New Bedford, Associate
  28. Taliyah Barboza, Queen Taliyah: New Bedford, MA
    • New Bedford, Member
  29. Josue Carrasquillo, King Playboy: Springfield, MA
    • New Bedford, Member
  30. Michael Cotto, King Gordo: New Bedford, MA
    • New Bedford, (Former) Regional Officer
  31. Juan Figueroa, King Pun: Dorchester, MA
    • New Bedford, Member
  32. Issac Felix-Rivera, King Izzy
    • New Bedford, Member
  33. Kevin Guadalupe, King Milly: New Bedford, MA
    • New Bedford, Member
  34. Shelton Johnson, King Shells: New Bedford, MA
    • New Bedford, Member
  35. Tyson Jorge, King Music
    • New Bedford, Member
  36. Emanuel Lopez-Velez, King Manny
    • New Bedford, Probationary Member
  37. Luis Mendez, King Primo
    • New Bedford, Member, Incarcerated
  38. Raekwan Paris, King D-Bo
    • New Bedford, Member
  39. Jayco Reyes-Smith, King Javy
    • Former New Bedford Member, now in North Carolina
  40. Luis Santiago, King Tiny
    • New Bedford, Member, Incarcerated
  41. Roberto Vargas, King Royalty
    • New Bedford, Member
  42. Jose Vasquez, King Fearless
    • New Bedford, Member
  43. Natanel Velazquez, King Nael: New Bedford, MA
    • New Bedford, Member
  44. Israel Rodriguez, King Imperial: Lynn, MA
    • North Shore, Inca
  45. Alfred Nieves, King Alfy: Lowell, MA
    • Lowell, Inca
  46. Marlon Rivera, King Pluto
    • Fitchburg, Member
    • D5K, Founder
  47. Ines Lugo, Queen China: New Bedford, MA
    • New Bedford, Secretary
  48. Jeremia Medina, King Sweepy: New Bedford, MA
    • New Bedford, Enforcer
  49. Bienvenido Nunez, King Apache: Enfield, CT
    • State Team, Inca
  50. Tanairy Ruiz, Queen Tanairy: New Bedford, MA
    • New Bedford, Member
  51. Xavier Valentin-Soto, King X
    • New Bedford, Member
    • (Former) Cascique, Incarcerated
  52. Joel Francisco, King Casper
    • Rhode Island, Member
  53. Eric Thomas, King E
    • Rhode Island, Inca
  54. Alvin Mojica, King Humble
    • Worcester, Inca
  55. Sophia Velasquez, Queen Sophia
    • Fitchburg, Member
  56. Dairon Rivera, King Mafia
    • Fitchburg, Member
  57. Hector Adorno, King Gordo
    • Springfield, Member
  58. Jesus Diaz, King Kiko
    • N. Shore, Member
  59. Henry Caribe, King 40cal
    • N. Shore, Member
  60. Jonathan Cassiano, King Legend
    • Springfield, Member
  61. Antoine Goodson
    • Associate, gun supplier to gang
  62. Derek Southworth
    • Associate, gun supplier to gang

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