Chicago Police Dismantle Gang-Controlled Drug Market in Austin

Chicago Police Dismantle Gang-Controlled Drug Market in AustinCHICAGO – Chicago Police Narcotics Division officers dismantled a gang-controlled drug market on the City’s West Side and charged 15 offenders in connection with the investigation. The narcotics-associated violence interdiction mission culminated Tuesday with the arrest of 13 targets and the seizure of a vehicle and contraband, including a firearm and narcotics. “Under no circumstance will we allow violent criminal street gangs to operate open-air drug markets or engage in criminal activity that threatens the safety and quality of life in our communities,” said Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy. “The successful termination of this drug market is an important opportunity for everyone to work together to prevent the criminal element from reestablishing a presence in the area,” he added. In response to violence and complaints of narcotics activity, members of the Narcotics Division Squad E-1 initiated a mission targeting the Four Corner Hustlers street gang in the vicinity of the 4900 block of W. Ferdinand. The investigation led to the identification of 15 targets involved in the drug market, including multiple offenders previously convicted as felons.

The mission ultimately led to the recovery of cannabis and heroin during covert drug transactions. Officers also were able to obtain three search warrants for properties on the 500 block of N. Lawler, 4900 block of W. Hubbard, and 5100 block of W. West End, where additional quantities of narcotics, including crack cocaine were seized. At the conclusion of the investigation, a .38 caliber handgun was seized along with a vehicle used to facilitate drug sales. Thirteen offenders were arrested for their role in the criminal operation. Chicago Police continue to seek outstanding offenders wanted in connection with this investigation.

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