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Gang members arrested, narcotics seized by police in South Side takedown

Updated: November 3, 2012 12:42PM

Eleven suspects were arrested and quantities of cannabis, crack and heroin seized in a two-month narcotics investigation by Chicago police on the South Side that concluded on Friday afternoon.

The investigation began in late August in response to community concerns about violence and criminal activity in the Grand Crossing District, according to a release from police News Affairs.

The mission concentrated on the Gangster Disciple, Black Disciple, and Black P-Stone street gangs operating in the area. The investigation addressed gang and narcotic concerns in the area bordered by 68th Street on the south, 65th Street on the north, Cottage Grove on the east, and St. Lawrence on the west; an area in which incidents of gun violence have occurred recently, police said.

Chicago Police conducted numerous controlled narcotics purchases during the course of the investigation, with several of the targets identified via surveillance and other investigative methods.

In Friday’s takedown, Narcotics Division officers arrested a total of 11 of 12 identified targets.

Ten of the offenders taken into custody are felons with extensive criminal backgrounds including arrests for homicides, armed robbery and other violent offenses, according to police. Police also recovered quantities of cannabis, heroin and crack cocaine. Two vehicles were also seized in this investigation as well as proceeds associated with narcotics sales.

Charges against targeted offenders include delivery of a controlled substance and felony fleeing and eluding. Chicago Police continue to seek additional targets identified in the investigation.

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