A man identified by federal prosecutors as the former "enforcer" for the Massachusetts Latin Kings street gang has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 38-year-old Bienvenido Nunez was sentenced Thursday for distributing cocaine and illegally possessing a firearm. He pleaded guilty to the charges in May.
Nunez was among a dozen alleged Latin Kings members who were arrested last November, the result of an effort by law enforcement to "disrupt and dismantle" the gang.
Prosecutors said members were involved in narcotics distribution and that disputes with rival gangs often led to serious violent crimes.
Earlier this month, the former reputed head of the Springfield Latin Kings, Jose "King Black" Cartagena, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for heroin distribution.