BOSTON – A former member of the New Bedford Latin Kings pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in federal court Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Tyson Jorge, 35, known as “King Music,” pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, also known as RICO conspiracy.

During the Wednesday hearing, Jorge admitted to his membership in the New Bedford chapter of the Latin Kings national gang and his involvement in its racketeering activity and drug distribution throughout New Bedford.

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Jorge also admitted that he attended gang meetings in which members discussed violence against rival gang members.

He faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.

 

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 16.

The Latin Kings are a criminal enterprise with thousands of members across the United States.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the gang distributes drugs to generate revenue and engages in violence against witnesses and rival gangs to further its influence and protect its turf.

In December 2019, a federal grand jury indicted 62 local leaders, members and associates of the Latin Kings on racketeering conspiracy, drug conspiracy and firearms charges.

Jorge is the 49th defendant to plead guilty in the case.

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