Chicago Police Target Gang-Controlled Drug Market in Wentworth District
15 of 22 Targets in Custody Following Takedown on South Side
CHICAGO – The Chicago Police Department today announced the results of an investigation targeting narcotics sales on the city’s South Side. The Chicago Police Department Narcotics Division has placed 15 targets into custody thus far and their efforts in the neighborhood remain ongoing.
“Combating drug and gang activity at the street level is a crucial part of our broader strategy to continue driving down violence,” said Superintendent Garry McCarthy. “This is
a strong example of the hard work the men and women of the Chicago Police Department
do each day to target gangs and drug dealers, and protect public safety.”
The Chicago Police Narcotics Division initiated an investigation into narcotics activity and
associated gang violence occurring in the Wentworth (2nd) District in and around the area of 51st St. and Cottage Grove. Additionally, vigilant residents assisted by coming forward with information regarding the narcotics activity and gang violence in this area.
Surveillance and numerous controlled narcotics transactions enabled officers to identify 22
targets responsible for the sale of narcotics in the community. The majority of the identified targets are documented gang members. Of the 27 targets, 15 were placed into custody following yesterday’s roundup.
Through the course of the investigation, police seized over $7,000 worth of narcotics –
including heroin, crack cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy. Police also seized cash and a
Narcotics Division personnel worked with the assistance of Wentworth (2nd) District Tactical
Team and patrol officers to carry out this investigation. The offenders arrested in this
takedown face various charges, including Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Chicago
Police are continuing to gather information and this investigation remains ongoing.