Chicago Police Arrest Dozens of Gang Members Citywide in Drug Takedowns
Narcotics Investigations Dismantle Gang-Controlled Drug Markets Associated with Violence
CHICAGO – Chicago Police arrested 43 offenders and seized drugs with an estimated street value of $23,000 as a result of three narcotics investigations focused on gang-controlled drug markets in the Wentworth (002), Grand Crossing (003), and Rogers Park (024) Districts. The investigations were initiated in response to recent occurrences of violent crime in the area and eradicated entrenched drug markets primarily operated by Gangster Disciples in susceptible communities.
“These investigations are targeting the gang and narcotics activity that are the root cause of the violence affecting too many of our communities,” said Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy. “Everyday our officers are on the street going after gangs, guns and drugs, and we will continue to do so to make this a safer city for everyone,” he added.
On Thursday, Narcotics Division Team B-5 arrested 12 of 16 targets who were identified in connection with a gang-controlled drug market operating in the area of 63rd and Martin Luther King Drive in the Grand Crossing (3rd) District. Police officers in a covert capacity made numerous controlled purchases of narcotics from gang members and executed three search warrants over the course of the investigation. As a result, heroin, cannabis, and crack cocaine with an overall estimated street value of more than $10,000 was seized along with nearly $4,100 of illegal monies. The offenders were charged with delivery of a controlled substance offenses.
Also on Thursday, results culminated in an investigation initiated by Narcotics Division Squad A-4 in response to narcotics-associated violence in the area of 1500 block of W. Morse in the Rogers Park (24th) District. The mission identified 20 targets in connection with drug sales in the neighborhood, and officers were able to place 12 of the offender into custody with charges of delivery of a controlled substance. Additionally, quantities of heroin, cannabis, and crack cocaine were seized with an estimated street value of nearly $8,000. Two vehicles and cash involved in the illegal operation also were seized.
A third narcotics mission initiated by Squad A-1 took place in the Wentworth (2nd) District on Friday and focused on the area in and around 43rd and Cottage Grove. The overall investigative efforts, which included two search warrants, yielded heroin, cannabis, and crack cocaine estimated to have an approximate street value of more than $5,000. Of the 23 identified targets, 19 were placed into custody and processed with various charges of possession and delivery of a controlled substance. One vehicle and cash involved in the illegal operation also were seized.
Chicago Police continue to seek remaining targets identified in these investigations.