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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 16, 2018
Thomas L. Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Hammond Man Sentenced To 70 Months Imprisonment

For Racketeering Conspiracy

HAMMOND - Javier Castillo, 21, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced before District Court Judge Philip P. Simon for his role in a racketeering conspiracy as a member of the Latin Kings street gang, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.


Castillo was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment and 2 years supervised release.


 According to documents in this case, Castillo admitted his involvement in the June 2015, aggravated assault of a victim sustaining serious bodily injury in Hammond, Indiana, and admitted his responsibility for distributing between 500 grams and 2 kilograms of cocaine as relevant conduct for his role in the Latin Kings.  


The Latin King case is the result of the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Chicago Police Department, 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 Northern District of Illinois United States Attorney’s Office and 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.


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