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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

May 3, 2013

David Capp, United States Attorney

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

Latin King Gang Member Sentenced to 20 Years

Hammond, Indiana — The United States Attorney David Capp announced that Jose Zambrano, 33, of Chicago, Illinois, a defendant in the case US v Vargas et al., was sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to 240 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity. Zambrano, a member of the Latin Kings street gang, conspired to conduct and participate in the conduct of the enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity consisting of multiple acts involving murder, robbery and narcotics trafficking.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation , the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); 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, Gang Unit, and Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.