Twenty-six alleged members and associates of the Latin Kings street gang are facing federal narcotics charges, most of them for their alleged roles in one of two drug trafficking organizations that supplied and distributed multi-kilogram quantities of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana in Chicago and the south suburbs.
An additional 17 defendants are facing related state charges in Cook and Will counties. The federal charges, contained in four separate criminal complaints, stem from an investigation of narcotics and firearms trafficking led by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Immigration and other local agencies.
Agents yesterday seized an undetermined amount of cash and 13 firearms, including five long-barreled weapons, while arresting 16 of the federal defendants. Six other federal defendants \were already in custody and four are fugitives.
The overarching investigation made critical use of an undercover agent who successfully infiltrated the Latin Kings for an extended time.
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