Worcester Gang Leader, 5 Others Charged with Multiple Offenses

Worcester Gang Leader, 5 Others Charged with Multiple Offenses

WORCESTER – Six men were charged in federal court in Worcester today — including the leader of a Massachuetts street gang — for multiple narcotic, firearms and conspiracy offenses.

According to the Massachusetts Dept. of Justice,  in March 2019, Junior Melendez, Shaun Walker, and Keith Johnson, all of Worcester, conspired to rob a high end glass pipe dealer in Rockland.

Melendez is the alleged leader of the Massachusetts chapter of the Almighty Vice Lords street gang. According to court documents, Melendez is a convicted felon and has previously served 109 months in federal prison for drug and firearms violations.

Local law enforcement stopped the robbery and arrested Johnson and Walker for possession of a firearm.

Melendez was also charged for conspiring with Angel Cordova, Juan Rodriguez, and Antoine Mack to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, cocaine and crack cocaine.

Mack was also charged as a felon in possession of a firearm after he was arrested in Worcester on May 24, 2019, in possession of a loaded .380 caliber handgun.

 Several of the men arrested also allegedly have ties to the Almighty Vice Lords street gang. 

The defendants are charged by criminal complaint are:

  • Junior Melendez, 39, of Worcester, arrested and charged with Hobbs Act conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery; conspiracy to use or carry a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and cocaine base;
  • Keith Johnson, 38, of Worcester, presently in state custody and charged federally with Hobbs Act conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery; conspiracy to use or carry a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and felon in possession of a firearm;
  • Shaun Walker, 42, of Worcester, arrested and charged with Hobbs Act conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery;
  • Antoine Mack, 37, of Pawtucket, R.I., presently in state custody and charged federally with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and cocaine base and felon in possession of a firearm;
  • Juan Rodriguez, 28, of Worcester, arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and cocaine base;
  • Angel Cordova, 35, of Worcester, arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and cocaine base.

On Wednesday morning, agents executed numerous search warrants resulting in the seizure of five firearms, 600 rounds of ammunition, approximately $10,000 cash, as well as various amounts of cocaine and crack cocaine.

The charge of Hobbs Act conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.  The charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and cocaine base provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. The charge of conspiracy to use or carry a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence provides for a sentence of no greater than ten years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The crime of being in felon in possession of a firearm provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


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    Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Over the past two years, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.