By Jamie Lopez –
In December 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment alleging racketeering conspiracy, drug conspiracy and firearms charges against 62 leaders, members and associates of the Latin Kings. On Tuesday, Jose Rodriguez, a/k/a “King Stutter,” 34, a former leader of the New Bedford Chapter of the Massachusetts Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base and conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity.
The Latin Kings are a violent criminal enterprise comprised of thousands of members across the United States. Rodriguez served as Inca, or leader, of the New Bedford Chapter of the Latin Kings and has admitted to conspiring with other members of the Latin Kings to distribute controlled substances such as cocaine and cocaine base in New Bedford through a series of “trap houses” or multi-unit apartment buildings controlled by the Latin Kings.
Also, following the murder of a Latin Kings member in October 2019, and while serving as Inca of the New Bedford Chapter, Rodriguez was recorded during a Latin Kings meeting instructing members to attack rival gang members without seeking his specific approval for the acts of violence.
U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel scheduled Rodriguez to be sentenced Sept. 22, 2021.