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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

February 22, 2013

David Capp, United States Attorney

Contact: Mary Hatton, Public Information Officer
(219) 937-5603

Latin King Member Sentenced in Rico Conspiracy

Hammond, Indiana — United States Attorney David Capp announced the following:

Victor Meza, Jr., 24, of Hammond, Indiana, a defendant in the case US v Vargas et al., was sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to 96 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and marijuana. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the National Gang Targeting, Enforcement & Coordination Center (GangTECC); the National Gang Intelligence Center; the Chicago Police Department; the Griffith Police Department; the Hammond Police Department; the Highland Police Department; the Lake County, Indiana, HIDTA and the Houston, Texas Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Joseph Cooley of the Department of Justice Criminal Division and Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.