The US Attorney's office in Boston today announced the indictments of 62 alleged members of Massachusetts chapters of the national Latin Kings gang on racketeering charges. Among them: Shaun "Rev" Harrison, sentenced to 23 to 26 years in prison last year for shooting an English High School student in the head because the kid owed him money for the marijuana Harrison was having him sell.
Harrison, indicted on a single RICO charge, had recruited the student as part of an effort to increase drug sales for the Devon Street Kings chapter of the Latin Kings, the larger of Boston's two Latin Kings chapters, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent whose work helped lead to today's indictments after a four-year investigation. At the time of the 2015 shooting, he was dean of students at English High School, after having worked at several other BPS schools in prior years.
And after he was settled into his new home in a state prison, he spent part of his time scheming with a Latin Kings member on the outside to discover - and possibly have attacked - the snitch he blamed for helping detectives investigating the student's shooting on Magazine Street in Roxbury.
The affidavit devotes a fair amount of space to the teen's shooting and Harrison's post-conviction life in prison, but first establishes the criminal bona fides of the Devon Street Kings, named for a Dorchester street and Harrison's alleged home gang: a group devoted to drug dealing and a violent war on rivals, in particular Dominican Don't Play.
The affidavit says members of the chapter, also known as D5K, may have been responsible for the murder of Mario Oveido, 18, on Homestead Street in Roxbury in 2009 and a 2014 stabbing at Tremont and Coventry streets in Roxbury, in which video showed one indicted Kings member punching the victim in the face and then another, unindicted member, stabbing him in the stomach.
One alleged Latin Kings member in from Fitchburg was shot to death in a botched home invasion on Northampton Street in Roxbury on Feb. 4 of this year. He was allegedly accompanied on the home-invasion attempt by two other members, including Marlon "King Pluto" Rivera, who helped found D5K after spending time as leader of the Fitchburg Latin Kings chapter.
According to the affidavit, the Devon Street gang members spent considerable time this spring plotting how to kill an alleged renegade Kings member. The affidavit states the man finally got shot in Mary Hannon Park in Uphams Corner on July 4; however, the two men who were arrested several days later are not among the people indicted today, and the FBI agent says he does not know if they have any Latin Kings connections. In addition to the man, a child was also shot; both the man and the child survived.
When not busy selling drugs - from marijuana to fentanyl - or trying to kill people with their cache of guns, D5k members made YouTube rap videos in which they declare their love of money and guns and hurl insults and threats at the rival Dominican Don't Play gang.
The teen is shot
The shooting of the teen who'd been recruited by Harrison is included in the section of the affidavit related to Harrison, and includes information from interviews conducted by Boston Police detectives with the teen, identified in the affidavit as "Victim 18:"
Victim 18 stated that HARRISON recruited Victim 18 to deal drugs for him after he got into an altercation with another student. Victim 18 stated that HARRISON was a member of the LATIN KINGS who was responsible for recruiting new drug dealers in the school to sell on behalf of the D5K Chapter of the LATIN KINGS. Victim 18 identified "Rev" as HARRISON, and stated that HARRISON had the word "Rev" posted on his office door at the school. According to Victim 18, he met with HARRISON on 3/3/15 and they walked around looking to "smoke weed and fuck girls." When they reached Magazine Street, HARRISON shot Victim 18 in the back of the head. School police confirmed that HARRISON was also referred to as "Rev" and had the name posted on his office door.
Detectives located video footage of the shooting. According to reports, the video shows two individuals walking single file down the sidewalk on Magazine Street due to the narrow sidewalks as a result of excessive snowfall. The individual in the rear is dressed in a black hooded jacket and pulled out a firearm and shot the person in front of him. The shooter then ran back to 18 Pompeii Street.
Surveillance video showing Harrison walking behind the student moments before the shooting:
18 Pompeii St. is where Harrison lived.
After viewing the video, detectives went to 18 Pompeii Street, Apartment 2 and asked HARRISON if he would come to the station to answer questions about the shooting. HARRISON agreed and gave a post-Miranda interview on tape denying any knowledge about the shooting. When detectives asked HARRISON what he would say if he knew the shooting was caught on video, HARRISON replied, "I respectfully request an attorney."
While HARRISON was being interviewed, a detective conducted surveillance of 18 Pompeii Street and observed D. LARA, W. PEGUERO, and Oscar PENA exit. The detective approached them while they waited at a bus stop on Massachusetts Avenue. The detective told D. LARA, W. PEGUERO, and Oscar PENA that he was investigating the shooting and wanted to speak with them. They agreed. The detective then stated that he was going to conduct a pat frisk prior to their conversation. The detective asked D. LARA if he had anything he shouldn't have and D. LARA replied that he had a firearm. The detective lifted the front of D. LARA's shirt, observed the handle of a firearm protruding, and recovered a silver Bryco Arms 9mm semiautomatic firearm from his waistband. D. LARA, Oscar PENA, and W. PEGUERO were placed under arrest. A black backpack was removed from Oscar PENA and contained a Smith and Wesson .45 caliber semi-automatic firearm and a large amount of marijuana. During booking it was noted that HARRISON, D. LARA and W. PEGUERO all have the same "100" gang tattoo.
A search warrant was executed at HARRISON's apartment and a large LATIN KINGS mural was observed on his wall.
Gang leader rallies to Harrison's aid
Harrison was sentenced for the shooting in June, 2018. In October, 2018, a gang member cooperating with the FBI recorded a D5k meeting in which a Massachusetts Latin Kings leader, Angel Roldan, called in and castigated the local chapter for not donating any money to Harrison, beyond their regular payment into the chapter "fundo," which was a general kitty for paying unexpected chapter expenses, such as bail and buying new guns:
ROLDAN expresses his displeasure that the D5K members are not sending money to members in the DOC. ROLDAN states, "Oh yeah that's another thing. I don't care what ya'll be doing with the fundo, but you guys need to like Rev, Rev. I ain't even mentioning Fruity, I ain't even mentioning Fruity. I'm mentioning Rev first. Because if it wasn't for Rev being locked up doing whatever time he is doing, he could've been had the twins locked up, he could've had Nasty locked up, he could've had Nene locked up, he could've had Stevie locked up, he could've had me ... he could've had the whole hood locked up for like twenty plus years. Niggas don't even send that nigga one fifty ($150). You know what I'm saying my nigga?"
Harrison tries to find out who snitched
Harrison really wanted to find out who provided information to police in their investigation - the person was dropped as a witness at his trial so as to not reveal his identity.
On Aug. 6, 2018, investigators monitored a call between Fruitos "Fruity" Barros, the "supreme regional officer" of the Latin Kings prison chapter, and Sandra "Queen Dream" Correa, who coordinated communications between imprisoned members and the Massachusetts branch, in which Barros seemed to give his OK for violence against the "confidential informant" if he could be found:
During the conversation BARROS is captured saying, "Tell Rev when he calls, I forgot to tell him this – this is important – listen to me because he is who he is to me he can’t say he's on P (probation with the LATIN KINGS) – he's down, he's got MY blessing, you heard? If they ask who gave his Blessing, who his GF (godfather) is, it’s ME. You heard?"
Harrison, who was caught in a phone conversation saying he had long ago dropped the ministry he started in 2012, was also captured in phone conversations in July and August of this year with fellow alleged gang member Dante "King Nasty" Lara trying to figure out the informant's identity, the affidavit states.
At first, they focused on a fellow gang member whom Harrison had noticed talking to detectives while both of them were at the Nashua Street jail, but they ruled him out because he had heard a mention of a 2010 case, and the guy would have been too young in 2010 to have anything to do with that case.
Pena pressed him for other possibilities, but Harrison said he didn't want to say on the phone, that he would write them down. In a later call, they discussed a "bald-headed" man as the possible informant.
If convicted, Harrison faces 20 years in federal prison.