Springfield Latin Kings gangster “King Legend” sentenced to 10 years in prison

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A member of the Springfield Chapter of the Massachusetts Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, known as the Latin Kings, has been sentenced on September 7 for drug offenses. 36-year-old Jonathan “King Legend” Casiano received a sentence of 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Casiano pleaded guilty on May 11, 2022, to two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl. He was identified as a member of the Latin Kings and a drug trafficker operating out of an apartment in Springfield.

Traffic stop

In July 2019, Casiano was arrested following a traffic stop in Springfield, during which he was found in possession of a privately made 9mm ghost gun with 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition, $9,880 in cash, 486 oxytocin pills and 810 plastic bags containing a total of 87 grams of fentanyl and 66 grams of cocaine.

He was released from custody on the drug and firearm case in December 2019 after posting cash bail. Casiano was later indicted federally for the drug and firearm case and remained in warrant status until he was later arrested in February 2020 as part of an investigation into his ongoing drug trafficking.

Following his arrest, a search of Casiano’s person and residence recovered over 2,400 individual plastic bags that contained a total of 68 grams of fentanyl, 140 grams of cocaine and other controlled substances. Each of the plastic bags were branded with a logo for retail sale ready for distribution.

Big bust, big results

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.  In total, 60 defendants in the case have pleaded guilty. Of the 62 charged defendants in the indictment, two remain in warrant status. All of the remaining defendants have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced or are awaiting sentencing. Casiano is the 54th defendant to be sentenced.

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