LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Authorities say they have shut down a drug traffic ring that spans from South Texas through Lubbock and into Chicago.
According to court documents, it involves nearly two dozen members of the violent gang known as the "All Mighty Latin King and Queen Nation", or the Latin Kings. Thursday afternoon, federal agents arrested two more suspects linked to the Latin Kings. Two others were arrested on Wednesday. This comes after a more than year-long investigation by several federal agencies in both Texas and Illinois.
Sealed until Thursday, a federal indictment reveals the names of 17 people all charged with drug or firearm offenses and alleged to be members of the Latin Kings. Five of them are also charged in a May 2008 drive-by shooting in Big Spring.
Court documents allege Jose Nava, Eduardo Mares and other gang members shot six people. Three died, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child. The indictment shows Nava, Mares along with Robert Ramirez and Gabriel Gonzales are all charged with murder.
The affidavit alleges that shortly after the deadly shooting, a large number of Latin Kings left Big Spring. Four months later authorities located Nava and other gang members in Lubbock. According to the documents, Nava is the Texas leader of the Latin Kings. In mid-December, the Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant at Nava's house in the 1900 block of 46th Street. At the time, authorities seized firearms, ammunition and cocaine.
The affidavit also alleges from 2001 until late 2008 the Latin Kings conspired to sell multiple kilos of cocaine and marijuana throughout Texas and elsewhere. As of Thursday night, 11 of the 17 suspects are in state or federal custody and two are still fugitives.
The DEA is looking for 21-year old Aaron Michael Conde who also goes by Psycho. Conde is wanted on federal drug charges and is a known member of the Latin Kings. Guerrero Olivas Jr., also known as Screech, is also a known member of the Latin Kings. The 26-year old is wanted on federal drug charges. If you have any information of their whereabouts you are asked to call DEA at 777-4159 or 632-9427.
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