HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A former Chicago police officer who admitted he stole
money and drugs from drug dealers and turned the spoils over to a violent
national gang called the Latin Kings has been sentenced to 19 years in
Alex Guerrero wept and apologized to his family as he was sentenced Friday
in U.S. District Court in Hammond, The Times of Munster reported.
“I apologize to all my children, to my wife and both my parents ...,”
Guerrero said, sobbing.
Guerrero pleaded guilty last year to federal charges of racketeering,
conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana,
interfering with commerce by threats or violence and carrying a gun during
crimes of violence and drug trafficking. He resigned from the Chicago Police
Department following his plea hearing.
The former officer acknowledged that he had robbed drug dealers while
wearing his Chicago police uniform. The victims were made to think the
thefts were official investigations, according to the indictment.
He could have faced life in prison, but federal prosecutors sought a lesser
penalty, saying he was a follower, not a leader.
“Was it all worth it?” U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano asked Guerrero during
Guerrero was one of 23 Latin Kings members and associates indicted in the
case. The U.S. attorney’s office for northern Indiana said 20 have pleaded
guilty, one was convicted at trial, one is awaiting trial, and one is a
Another former Chicago police officer, Antonio Martinez, also pleaded guilty
in the case and is scheduled to be sentenced later this year.
Prosecutors said the Latin Kings is a nationwide gang that originated in
Chicago. One of the indictments alleges that the gang has been responsible
for at least 19 murders, including juveniles and a pregnant woman, in the
area of Chicago and northwest Indiana and in Big Spring, Texas.