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Former leader of Lowell’s Latin Kings sentenced to two years in prison on racketeering charges

  • BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 5: Weapons are on display as US Attorney Andrew Lelling(R) and Joseph Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge FBI Boston Field Division, announce the arrest of over 60 members and associates of the Latin Kings gang during a press conference in federal court on December 5, 2019 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 5: A array of headshots of individuals facing federal charges. US Attorney Andrew Lelling and Joseph Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge FBI Boston Field Division, announce the arrest of over 60 members and associates of the Latin Kings gang during a press conference in federal court on December 5, 2019 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON MA. – DECEMBER 5: Weapons and mug shots are on display as US Attorney Andrew Lelling(R) and Joseph Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge FBI Boston Field Division, announce the arrest of over 60 members and associates of the Latin Kings gang during a press conference in federal court on December 5, 2019 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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BOSTON – A former leader of the Lowell chapter of the Massachusetts Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (“Latin Kings”) was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for racketeering charges.

Alfred Nieves, a/k/a “King Alfy,” 33, pleaded guilty on April 8 to conspiracy to conducting enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy. He was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel.

The Latin Kings are a violent criminal enterprise comprised of thousands of members across the United States. 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.

Nieves served as the Inca, or leader, of the Lowell chapter of the Latin Kings. During the course of the conspiracy in June 2019, Nieves requested permission from the state and regional leadership of the gang to assault a relative of a Latin Kings member. Separately, in 2017, Nieves admitted to sending a coded message to a Latin King member in the Massachusetts prison system directing violence to be taken against a certain individual who was also incarcerated. The coded message was intercepted and deciphered by investigators.

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. Nieves is the 44th defendant to plead guilty in the case.

The RICO conspiracy charge provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Correction made the announcement. Valuable assistance was also provided by the FBI North Shore Gang Task Force and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Offices. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Philip A. Mallard and Lauren Graber of Mendell’s Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. The task forces identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.