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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

August 9, 2013

David Capp, United States Attorney

Contact: Mary Hatton
219) 937-5603

Two Latin Kings Members Sentenced to a Combined 45 Years Imprisonment

Hammond, Indiana — The United States David Capp announced that on August 8, 2013, Sisto Bernal, 47, of Chicago, Illinois, and Santiago Gudino, 29, of Hammond, Indiana, defendants in the case US v Vargas et al., were sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano after both pled guilty to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana. Bernal was sentenced to 288 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release. Gudino was sentenced to 262 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release. According to the indictment, Bernal and Gudino are members of the Latin Kings, which is a nationwide gang that originated in Chicago and has branched out throughout the United States, including to Texas. The indictments also alleged that the Latin Kings gang was responsible for at least 20 murders in the Chicago/Northwest Indiana area and Big Spring, Texas. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Immigration and Custom Office of Homeland Security Investigations; the National Gang Targeting, Enforcement & Coordination Center; the National Gang Intelligence Center; the Chicago Police Department; the East Chicago Police Department; the Griffith Police Department; the Hammond Police Department; the Highland Police Department; and the Houston Police Department. The investigation of the Chicago Police Department officers was conducted by Chicago City Public Corruption Task Force, a Chicago Police Department– Internal Affairs and FBI – Chicago law enforcement initiative. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Nozick, and Joseph A. Cooley, Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice – Organized Crime and Gang Section.