Six arrested, two more sought, in drug investigation
SUN-TIMES STAFF REPORT November 1, 2012 1:26PM
Boat seized in drug bust on the Northwest Side announced by Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. | Provided photo
Updated: December 3, 2012 6:39AM
The Chicago Police Department hasn’t forgotten about a Maniac Latin Disciples member who allegedly shot two girls with stray gunfire in 2011.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy vowed to eradicate the gang, resulting in more than 2,500 arrests through August. On Thursday, the department announced the gang was hammered again with a six-month drug investigation that resulted in the arrest of six people — with two others still being sought.
The probe focused on a fitness center on the Northwest Side where drug transactions were allegedly being conducted. Police confiscated about 8 pounds of pot, more than 6 kilos of cocaine, four firearms, a 30-foot boat, a jet ski, two motorcycles, eight vehicles and nearly $30,000 in cash.
Police touted the bust as an example of McCarthy’s gang violence reduction strategy, which the department credits with a downturn in murder and other crime since April. Police said October saw the second-lowest murder total since 1982, with 36 murders compared to 44 of them in 2011.
The first three months of the year, however, saw a huge surge in killings. This year’s total already has surpassed the total for all of 2011.
“While we are not satisfied and will not rest until every neighorhood in the city experiences the same safety and quality of life as the majority of our neighborhoods,” McCarthy said. “We are making progress.”
Police also announced the results of a joint investigation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in which officers stopped a vehicle that contained 188 pounds of marijuana. The officers searched a house in the 5400 block of South Long and another home in Oak Lawn and seized more than 1,000 pounds of pot and 8 kilos of cocaine.
Nearly $1.6 million in currency and five vehicles were seized in the operation, police said.