October 30, 2020 – One Latin Kings boss in Massachusetts went free this week and another pleaded guilty in continuing fallout from last year’s Operation Throne Down. More than 60 members of the mostly Hispanic organized crime group across multiple states were indicted in a RICO case in December 2019 out of Boston.

Worcester chapter president Alvin (King Humble) Mojica was given time served by U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Wednesday and three years of probation in exchange for a cop to a single drug charge. Days earlier, Zobel accepted a guilty plea from 33-year old Bienvenido (King Apache) Nunez, the leader of the Latin Kings in all of Massachusetts, on cocaine charges.

With Nunez’s plea, the feds can now chalk up 16 guilty pleas in the case. Nunez, a former MMA fighter, was based in Springfield in the western part of the commonwealth, having moved to Massachusetts from New Jersey.

Mojica, 32, did ten months in the can (denied bond upon his arrest last year) and agreed to his deal with the government back in the summer. Nunez faces up to 20 years when Zobel sentences him in February.

All the chapter presidents in Massachusetts reported to Nunez and Nunez reported to reputed east coast boss Michael (King Merlin) Cecchetelli, who answered only to national administrators in Chicago. Cecchetelli, 41, is the No. 1 defendant in the Operation Throne Down case and currently awaiting trial. 

The feds believe the Italian Cecchetelli maintains ties to the Genovese crime family’s Western Massachusetts wing in his hometown of Springfield. Cecchetelli’s uncle, “Fat Chicky,” is a former bookie for the Genovese’s Springfield mob crew and King Merlin and King Apache held at least two Latin Kings meetings at the mob-controlled Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society Social Club in the city’s South End that were under surveillance and wired-for-sound by authorities.

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