FBI: Phone Logs Helped Us Nab 9 In Northwest Suburb
Men Are Alleged Latin Kings
April 26, 2007
CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. -- Nine suspected Latin King gang members and associates were arrested without incident Thursday and charged with a drug distribution conspiracy in and around northwest suburban Carpentersville, according to the FBI.
The nine were nabbed earlier with the use of court-authorized electronic surveillance of phones, according to a release from the FBI. They are expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Chicago later Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier.
All nine are charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago with conspiracy to possess and distribute both marijuana and cocaine, a felony offense. They allegedly conspired to distribute the drugs from March 2004 through August 2006, the complaint alleges, distributing the drugs primarily in and around Carpentersville and Aurora on behalf of the Latin Kings.
Charged, according to the release, are:
--Joseph Garcia, aka “Evil,” 23, of 2130 Tracey Ln. in Algonquin;
-- Jonathan Inman, aka “Johnny Boy,” 24, of 6716 Derby Dr. in Gurnee;
-- Francisco Morales, aka “Junior,” 26, 855 Village Quarter in West Dundee;
-- Richard Olvera, aka “Twitch,” 27, of 309 Amarillo Dr., Carpentersville;
-- Antonio Torres, Sr., 55, of 103 Meadowdale Ct. in Carpentersville;
-- Lisa Urbina, 27, of 1500 Pawnee in Carpentersville;
-- Gabriel Morales, aka “Road Dog,” 25, of 11 Evergreen in Carpentersville;
-- Christina Corbin, 21, of 6 Aspen Ln. in Carpentersville;
-- and Alex Fahey, 20, of 8 California St. in Carpentersville.
Morales, Corbin and Fahey were already incarcerated at the time they were charged, according to FBI spokeswoman Cynthia Yates.
Drug bust nets alleged suburban gang leaders
By Ray Quintanilla
Tribune staff reporter
Published April 26, 2007, 10:11 PM CDT
With nine suspected Latin Kings gang leaders arrested, including some Thursday, on drug-trafficking charges, gang activity has been significantly disrupted in Carpentersville and across the northwest suburbs, authorities said.
The arrests culminated more than two years of police work and involved recovery of at least 5 kilograms of cocaine, some marijuana and weapons, one of them a .45-caliber machine gun, authorities said.
"We believe [the gang] is in a bit of disarray right now," said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Paul Bock. "This is a violent group of individuals. We know this has had an impact."
Police said they obtained important information on the structure of the Latin Kings and their alleged drug activities by using wiretaps, traffic stops and undercover drug purchases, primarily of cocaine, from March 2004 to August 2006.
Carpentersville Police Detective Tim Bosshart said the investigation into the Latin Kings also led authorities to about two dozen others who have been arrested in recent months for such crimes as burglaries, shootings and a kidnapping.
Authorities said five street gangs could be operating across the northwest suburbs.
Arrested in Thursday's sweep were Carpentersville residents Richard Olvera, 27, Antonio Torres Sr., 55, and Lisa Urbina, 27. Also arrested were Joseph Garcia, 23, of Algonquin, Francisco Morales, 26, of West Dundee and Jonathan Inman, 24, of Gurnee.
The crackdown included charges against three other Carpentersville residents already in jail: Gabriel Morales, 25, Christina Corbin, 21, and Alex Fahey, 20.
The arrests were made in coordination with the Carpentersville Police Department, the North Central Narcotics Task Force, Illinois State Police, the Aurora Police Department and the Kane County Sheriff's Department.
Carpentersville Village President Bill Sarto called the arrests important in his community's efforts to crack down on crime and open-air drug dealing.
"It's a major step forward in cleaning up Carpentersville's streets," Sarto said. "Something like this is vital."
The investigation also opened paths to other crimes and suspects, officials said. For example, wiretaps helped lead to a warrant for David Rose, 21, of Carpentersville in connection with the firing of shots at the home of Kane County Board member Hollie Kissane in March 2006, Carpentersville Police Chief David Neumann said.
Rose is being sought on charges of armed violence and aggravated discharge of a firearm.
Authorities declined to say why the house was targeted, but officials said it had nothing to do with Kissane's role as an elected official.