Drug War

New ATF Chicago Drug Task-force Seized 24 Pounds of Heroin

(ABC) Tips from south of the border led a new drug-fighting task force in Chicago to intercept two huge shipments of heroin during a 48-hour window last weekend, the I-Team has learned. Nearly 62 pounds of heroin was seized by the Drug Gang Task Force led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Chicago. Once…

Feds Bust over 50 People in Chicago Drug Sting, “Operation Fat Chance,”

(ABC) More than 50 people are facing charges after a joint investigation by federal and state authorities into drug sales on Chicago’s West Side, authorities announced Friday. The investigation, which authorities called “Operation Fat Chance,” led to the seizure of more than three kilograms of heroin, more than a kilogram of cocaine and more than…

50 Charged with Heroin, Fentanyl Distribution on Chicago’s West Side

(ABC) More than 50 people were charged this week, including an alleged Mexico-based drug trafficker and other men from the Chicago area and Wisconsin, as part of a massive federal and state investigation into heroin and fentanyl sales on Chicago’s West Side, federal officials announced Wednesday. According to the federal complaints, the “Operation Full Circle”…

Feds Arrest 14 Suspects in Little Village Drug Sting

  (Sun Times Wire) More than a dozen people, including the owner of a Little Village auto body shop where the drug operation ran, are facing charges from a federal investigation into drug trafficking on the West Side. Authorities arrested several of the defendants Wednesday, and seized nearly $60,000 in cash and a dozen firearms,…

13 Charged with Dealing Narcotics on the North Side

(Fox 32) Thirteen people are facing drug charges for allegedly helping distribute cocaine, heroin and fentanyl on the city’s Northwest Side and west suburbs. Agents from the FBI and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have investigated the group’s drug trafficking activities since 2015, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office. They seized about…

Three Caught with 1.125 Million Worth of Cocaine in Car Trunk

Three people are in jail after Will County authorities pulled over a car and found the trunk held several bricks of cocaine with a street value of more than $1 million. In a news release, the Will County Sheriff’s Department says the discovery happened Monday night after deputies pulled over a car they’d spotted swerving…

Secret Recordings by Flores Twins are Key in Case against El Chapo

The foundation of the U.S. government’s case against Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, includes a trove of 272 audio recordings which includes secretly recorded conversations with his most trusted operatives from Chicago. The operatives are Margarito Flores and Pedro Flores, twin brothers from the Little Village neighborhood, who are currently in federal witness…

Tip of the Iceberg, Evanston Man Arrested for Heroin Distribution

A nearly two-year investigation into an alleged heroin dealer on the North Shore has resulted in the arrest of a 39-year-old Evanston man and there could be more arrests coming. Robert Crayton was arrested Friday morning just a block away from an elementary school, and is now facing multiple felony charges for allegedly dealing heroin.…

Heroin Highway, Thriving between Kane County and Chicago

The so-called “Heroin Highway” from Chicago to Kane County is thriving, Kane County Sheriff’s Department officials said in Aurora. “We are getting killed by heroin,” Kane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Feiza said at a forum in Aurora, calling the current situation a crisis. Dealers from primarily Chicago’s West Side are bringing heroin into the Aurora…

Deadly Mexican Drug War Reignites in Vacuum left by El Chapo

MEXICO CITY Gangland-style murders are a daily event in Culiacán, the capital of Mexico’s Sinaloa state, where businesses close early, schools suspend classes and people must take precautions to avoid getting caught in the crossfire. The extradition of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States in January was supposed to curb…

Chicago Police Arrest 15 in Heroin Drug Ring, 6 Suspects still at Large

Overnight raids broke up a large heroin ring that operated around the corner from Chicago Police Headquarters. Authorities linked the drug ring to the killing of city worker, Yvonne Nelson, last year. The raids were part of a police operation called “Wheel of Fortune.” Police and DEA agents said a turf war over the lucrative…

Drug lord, El Chapo, EXTRADITED to the United States, arrives in New York

UPDATE Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who became a legend in Mexico through his dramatic prison escapes and years of staying just ahead of the law, arrived late Thursday in New York after he was extradited to the United States. Guzman will appear Friday in a courtroom in Brooklyn, where he will stand trial…

U.S. Heroin Deaths Surpass Homicides in 2015

The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers show heroin deaths surpassed firearm-related homicides for the first time ever in 2015. The number of heroin deaths was 12,989 and the number of firearm-related homicides was 12,979. The Washington Post published the CDC numbers, which show the deaths from all opioids combined topped 33,000…

Feds seize 150 pounds of Cocaine, 75 pounds of Heroin in Aurora

Three men are in federal custody after federal authorities seized almost 150 pounds of cocaine and 75 pounds of heroin at an Aurora warehouse, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court. Urbano Arellanes, Jose Raul Perez-Pailles and Adolfo Meraz-Renteria face charges and are accused of agreeing to transport and receive “multiple kilograms”…

Feds Bust Drug Ring Shipping Heroin, Cocaine from LA to Chicago on Amtrak

Twenty-four people have been charged by federal authorities with using Amtrak trains to transport drugs from Los Angeles to Chicago. The indictments allege wholesale quantities of cocaine and heroin, obtained from Mexico and Southern California, were transported from Los Angeles to Union Station aboard Amtrak Express trains, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s…

Two Dozen Gang Members Arrested in Drug Sweep Targeting Fentanyl-Laced Heroin

More than two dozen convicted felons and reputed gang members have been arrested in connection with the sale of dangerous batches of heroin laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl, which led to a rise in drug overdose deaths in the Chicago area, authorities said Thursday night. The roundups, which began earlier in the day, came…

Chicago West Side Drug Dealer Had Customers Lined Up Around the Corner

James Triplett had his customers lined up around the corner in broad daylight, the feds say. Not for concert tickets. Not for iPhones. For heroin. Now 42 people are facing state or federal drug charges for their alleged roles in supplying and distributing heroin around West Grenshaw and Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood on…