For Immediate Release
Friday, February 9, 2018
, United States Attorney
Maria Chapa Lopez
Contact: William Daniels
Former Latin Kings Gang Member Sentenced to More than Nine Years for Firearm Offenses
Tampa Field Division
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich today sentenced former Latin Kings game member Anibal Angel Rios-Mulero (33, Tampa) to nine years and nine months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking offense. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the firearms and ammunition.
Rios Mulero pleaded guilty on October 16, 2017.
According to court documents, on November 12, 2015, Rios-Mulero, a convicted felon, possessed and fired a Taurus.380 caliber pistol during an altercation outside his residence. After the shooting, law enforcmeent officers went to Rios-Mulero’s house and seized a .380 caliber shell casing in the driveway, and a another .380 caliber shell casing around the sidewalk area in front of the house. Two days later, on November 14, 2015, officers searched Rios-Mulero’s house and found a loaded black Taurus .380 caliber pistol, ammunition, and 56 baggies bags of heroin packaged for distribution in the attic.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Simon A. Gaugush.