New Bedford Latin King ‘Tiny’ 11th to Fall in Federal Court
Luis Santiago of New Bedford has admitted to a federal RICO charge, marking the 11th reputed New England member of the Latin Kings to enter a guilty plea since December's massive "Operation Throne Down" raid.
Santiago, 22, known as "King Tiny," admitted to his role in a May 28, 2019 incident in New Bedford where a rival gang member was shot at, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Santiago is one of 62 individuals named in a massive federal indictment alleging racketeering conspiracy by reputed Latin Kings associates. New Bedford was a prime locus of the Dec. 5, 2019 raid across three states that capped a four-year undercover investigation. At least 23 people named in the charging document have ties to New Bedford.
U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel scheduled Santiago's sentencing for Dec. 17.