Wednesday, December 6, 2006


He is known as "Supreme Inca" Fernando "Ace" King, of Chicago is a top level member in the Latin Kings described as the "CEO" of the Latin King Nation. On early Tuesday he was taken into custody capping a three year investigation he was among 18 gang members arrested announced U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

On Monday, the informant provided King with a kilogram of what King thought was cocaine, leading to his arrest and the charges against him. The informant told agents that he understood King to report to no one but the gang's highest echelon.An attorney for King could not immediately be reached for comment.Fitzgerald said authorities hoped investigations such as the one that ended Tuesday would send a message to would-be gang leaders that such a position comes with a price.

New Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the case should also be a warning for suburban residents that street gangs are entrenched in their neighborhoods too."For those people who still feel for some reason that gang crime is centered in the city of Chicago and does not touch suburban Cook County, if this is not their wake-up call, I don't know what they're looking for," Dart said. "Gangs do not see borders."