Added Feb 04 2013
I am pleased to report that Chicago Police late last week arrested 12 suspected gang members and shut down a drug market on the 1500 block of W. Morse Avenue. Arrest warrants were issued for another eight individuals.
In addition to the arrests, police confiscated quantities of heroin, cannabis, and crack cocaine with an estimated street value of nearly $8,000. Police also seized two vehicles and cash involved in the illegal operation.
According to the police, the targeted drug market was controlled primarily by the Gangster Disciples street gang.
The arrests were the result of an undercover investigation initiated in response to several occurrences of violent crime in the area. Information from community residents assisted in the investigation.
The elimination of this drug market undoubtedly will contribute greatly to the continued reduction in crime and the ongoing revitalization of Morse Avenue.
Undercover operations often take months to execute because they focus on the gang leaders, not simply the street dealers. The intelligence from community residents proved critical to this investigation. Never assume that your complaints to the police, calls to 911 and attendance at the monthly CAPS beat meetings aren't worthwhile.
The beat meeting is one of the most important intelligence gathering venues. It's where the police officers and community residents meet to share information, discuss ongoing concerns and develop strategies to combat those concerns. My office is always represented at these meetings and Commander Roussell often attends, as well.
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