Boston Latin Kings gangster gets 1 year for racketeering and drug conspiracies

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A former member of the Boston-based Devon Street Kings Chapter of the Massachusetts Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (known as the Latin Kings for short) was sentenced Tuesday on racketeering and drug charges. 27-year-old Steven Familia-Valdez, nicknamed “King Haze,” got one year in prison and three years of supervised release.

He had pleaded guilty on June 23, 2021, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base and to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy.

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Named for its origin on Devon Street in Boston, the Devon Street Kings or D5K Chapter of the Latin Kings, included approximately a dozen members. The Devon Street Kings reported to the Massachusetts State Leadership of the Latin Kings, providing information, structure, funds and other resources to further the Latin Kings’ goals and directives in the state. Familia-Valdez admitted to conspiring with other gang members to further the operations of the Latin Kings, attending meetings of the Latin Kings and discussing crimes of violence and witness retaliation with his fellow gang members.

The Latin Kings are a violent criminal enterprise comprised of thousands of members across the United States. The Latin Kings adhere to a national manifesto, employ an internal judiciary and use a sophisticated system of communication to maintain the hierarchy of the organization. As alleged in court documents, the gang uses drug distribution to generate revenue, and engages in violence against witnesses and rival gangs to further its influence and to protect its turf.

In December 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment alleging racketeering conspiracy, drug conspiracy and firearms charges against 62 leaders, members and associates of the Latin Kings. Familia-Valdez is the 39th defendant to be sentenced in the case.

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