Latin Kings



The Latin Kings originated in the streets in Chicago in the 1943 and was formed for the “advancement” of the Hispanic community. As the gang multiplied, so did the seriousness of its crimes. The gang spread rapidly as it recruited hundreds of young Latinos in the 1960 are and spread into the thousands in the 1980’s.

Symbols: LK, a 5 pointed kings crown, gang’s colors are black and gold, Almighty Latin King Nation,
Ranking structure: Paramilitary
Territory: Chicago, New York, Indiana, Connecticut, Milwaukee, Florida and other parts of the United States.
Members: 27,000
Racial make up: Puerto Rican, Cuban, Mexican, Dominican, black
Threat: High

In 1986 Latin Kings member Pedro Millan drafted a charter and bylaws known as the “King Codes” while incarcerated in California’s Lompoc federal prison. His goal was to unite all Latin Kings street branches in prison and compete with established prison gangs such as the Mexican Mafia, Nuestra Familia and the Aryan Brotherhood.

The Latin Kings control about 35% of the eastern regions drug trade. The gang traffics and distributes narcotics purchased from borderland gangs such as the Barrio Azteca and Juarez Cartel. The funds collected off drug sales by the “Nation Enforcers” are stored in the gangs “Nation Box.” Those funds are then used to financially assist incarcerated members and supply the organization with firearms.

The Latin Kings structure is run by an executive committee known as “The Crown”. The Crown is headed by the gangs “Sun-King” and writes the laws for the entire Latin Kings organization. Then follows the “Inca”. Each Latin King chapter follows the orders of its Inca and the Inca in turn obeys the laws given to him by the gangs Crown, or executive committee. Next in power is the Cacique (also known as the Casinca). The Cacique’s are the enforcers and order the gangs non ranking members.


In 1943, the Latin Kings is formed the streets in Chicago for the “advancement” of the Hispanic community.

In 2006, Eric Javier Velastegui, the founder of the Latin Kings Madrid Spain chapter is sentenced to 21 years. (Associated Press)

On July 1998, fourteen members of the Latin Kings are arrested in Chicago on charges of distribution of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. (U.S. v. Souffront, 338 F.3d 809 (7th Cir. 2003)

On May 12, 1992, Disciples member murder rival Latin King members Jimmy Cruz and Hector Reyes in Humboldt Park, in Chicago, Illinois. (People v. Mulero, 680 N.E.2d 1329, 176 Ill.2d 444 (Ill., 1997)

On May 1993, Latin Kings members gun down rival Disciple member Omar Vaca in Chicago. (People v. Mayoral, 702 N.E.2d 238, 299 Ill.App.3d 899 (Ill. App. 1 Dist., 1998)

In September 1993, Latin Kings members murder William Cartegena by choking him to death and dismembering his body. (U.S. v. Felipe, 148 F.3d 101 (C.A.2 (N.Y.), 1998)

May 8, 1993, Latin Kings members beat and stab Ricky Barrios to death after Barrios refuses to join the Latin Kings.(People v. Nunez, 745 N.E.2d 639 (Ill. App. 1 Dist., 2001)

On May 5, 1994, Latin King members gun down rival Los Solidos member Chanito Roman in Connecticut. (State v. Flanagan, 890 A.2d 123, 93 Conn.App. 458 (Conn. App., 2006)

In May of 1994, Latin Kings murder a member of the rival Los Solidos gang in Connecticut.(State v. Cummings, 883 A.2d 803, 91 Conn.App. 735 (CT, 2005)

On May 14, 1994, members of Los Solidos retaliate by murdering Latin King rivals, Hector Rodriguez and Patrick Gannon.(State v. Cummings, 883 A.2d 803, 91 Conn.App. 735 (CT, 2005)

In December 2, 1995, Latin King members brutally beat and fatally stab Lemuel Cruz outside a Brooklyn bar. (Gonzalez v. State, 2008 NY Slip Op 52654(U) (N.Y. Ct. Cl. 12/23/2008), 2008 NY Slip Op 52654 (N.Y.Ct.Cl., 2008)

On February 15, 1996, Latin Kings members brutally murder rival Netas member Anthony “Dejon” Dejesus in Connecticut. (State v. Conde, 787 A.2d 571 (Conn. App. Ct., 2001)

On May 30, 1997, Latin King members beat and rape inmate Anthony Riccardo at the Centralia Correctional Center in Illinois. (Riccardo v. Rausch, 375 F.3d 521 (7th Cir. 2004)

On September 28, 1997, dozens of Latin King members are arrested in Connecticut and charges with racketeering and drug trafficking. (U.S. v Diaz (2nd Cir. 1999)

On December 2, 2000, Latin Kings members gun down 18 Street gang rival Ernesto Ayala in Minneapolis. (State v. Lopez-Rios (Minn., 2003)

On June of 2001, Latin Kings members brutally murder ex member Roland Pastor in Florida then carve the gangs symbol on the dead mans forehead.(Millan v. State, Case No. 3D03-1152 (Fla. App. 6/28/2006)

On May 12, 2004, 26 Latin Kings are arrested in Milwaukee, WI and charged with racketeering, drug distribution, murder and drug trafficking. (U.S. v. Olson, 450 F.3d 655 (7th Cir. 2006)

In October 2007, two members of the Latin Kings brutally murder Tri City Bombers gang captain 42 year old Gerardo “Boxer” Gutierrez in Pharr, Texas. (Associated Press)