More than 60 members of the Latin Kings, the largest Hispanic street gang in the world, were arrested by the FBI on Thursday, in a massive crackdown on the powerful criminal enterprise.
The bust of 62 members comes at the end of a four-year effort by the FBI to infiltrate the criminal syndicate and tie its members to various crimes. The FBI's Boston division said it was the "largest takedown" in its history.
According to Boston.com:
Federal court documents detail how law enforcement spent four years infiltrating the gang, recording high-level conversations through informants and scouring social media for posts implicating any of its members in crimes.
Many of those arrested Thursday morning appear in numerous YouTube rap videos, wearing the Latin Kings colors (black and gold), flashing gang signs, and rapping about drugs and murder.
The coordinated raid involved more than 500 agents and resulted in charges such as drug trafficking and firearms violations.
In addition to the arrests, officials seized considerable assets such as vehicles, machine guns, jet skis, drugs, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash.
Two missing boys, age 14 and 16, were also recovered during the operation.