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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Friday, April 27, 2018
Thomas Kirsch
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Chicago Man Sentenced for Racketeering Conspiracy

HAMMOND – William Salazar, 42 years old, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by District Court Judge Philip Simon on his plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering activity, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.


Salazar was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment followed by 2 years of supervised release. 


According to documents in this case, Salazar entered a guilty plea for conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity for his role and participation in the Latin Kings street gang.  Salazar has been in custody since his arrest on August 4, 2016. 


This case is the result of the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the East Chicago Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Gary Police Department, the Hammond Police Department, the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Department and Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area officers and agents.  The Lake County Prosecutor’s Office also has provided assistance.  The Latin King case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David J. Nozick and Dean Lanter of the Northern District of Indiana along with Department of Justice Trial Attorney Joseph Cooley.



Chicago Field Division