U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Maryland
36 S. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2692
TTY/TDD: (410) 962-4462
For Immediate Release
November 9, 2010
Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney
Contacts: AUSA Vickie E. LeDuc
(410) 962-3091 (fax)
Latin Kings Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy
Held No. 2 Position in the Mog Tribe
Greenbelt, Maryland — Remy Heath, a/k/a
King Remy, and
King Mellow, age 26, of Hyattsville, Maryland pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, in connection with his gang activities as a member and leader of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings).
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Attorney General Lanny A Breuer, of the Department of Justice Criminal Division; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy; Chief Roberto L. Hylton of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey.
According to Heath’s plea agreement, the Latin Kings is a violent street gang with thousands of members across the country and overseas. The Latin Kings have a detailed and uniform organizational structure, which is outlined along with various
prayers, codes of behavior and rituals in a written
manifesto widely distributed to members throughout the country. Members of the Latin Kings are also traditionally given
King Names or
Queen Names, which are names other than their legal names, by which they are known to members of the gang and to others on the street. At the local level, groups of Latin Kings are organized into
tribes, including, the Royal Lion Tribe, MOG, Sun Tribe and UTL.
Heath was an original member of the Royal Lion Tribe in Maryland, which later became MOG, which later became the Sun Tribe. Heath joined the Royal Lion Tribe of the Latin Kings in early summer of 2007. Heath attended Latin King meetings where dues were collected from members and gang business was discussed, and he communicated with Latin King members and associates by phone and through the internet. Heath traveled from Maryland to New York for Latin King activities and participated in missions for the gang. From November 2008 to March 2009, Heath held a leadership position in the gang, serving as the Second Crown or Cacique for the MOG tribe.
Heath faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for May 27, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. Heath remains detained. Six co-defendants previously pleaded guilty to the racketeering conspiracy.
Mr. Rosenstein and Mr. Breuer thanked the ATF-led RAGE Task Force, including the Gaithersburg Police Department; the Montgomery County Police Department; Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office; Prince George’s County Police Department; Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office; the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland National Capital Park Police - Prince George’s County Division; and the Maryland State Police; as well as, the New York Police Department; the U.S. Secret Service, and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Emily Glatfelter and David Salem, and Lara M. Peirce, a Trial Attorney with the Criminal Division’s Gang Unit, who are prosecuting the case.