For Immediate Release
Hammond Man Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison
For Conspiracy to Participate in Racketeering
HAMMOND – Peter Salinas a/k/a “Pudge,” 37 years old, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon after pleading guilty to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
According to documents in the case, Salinas, a member and regional enforcer for the Latin Kings Street Gang, was held responsible for between 2 and 3.5 kilograms of cocaine, and for possessing a firearm during the course of the conspiracy. As a Latin King, the defendant participated in assaults, collection of dues, and directed beatings.
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 was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David J. Nozick and Dean Lanter and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Joseph Cooley.