Chicago police made 43 arrests and shut down three gang-controlled drug markets this week, two on the South Side and one on the North Side, officials said.
In addition to the arrests, the three investigations netted drugs worth about $23,000 along with cash and vehicles, police said in a release issued today.
The targeted drug markets were controlled primarily by the Gangster Disciples street gang, police said.
“These investigations are targeting the gang and narcotics activity that are the root cause of the violence affecting too many of our communities,” said Superintendent Garry McCarthy in the release.
On Thursday, 12 arrests were made in connection with a drug market operating in the area of 63rd Street and Martin Luther King Drive, with heroin, cannabis and crack cocaine seized along with nearly $4,100 in cash.
Also Thursday, 12 arrests were made in connection with narcotics-associated violence in the area of the 1500 block of West Morse Avenue, police said. Heroin, cannabis and crack cocaine were seized, along with cash and two vehicles involved in the crimes.
On Friday, 19 arrests were made in a narcotics investigation focused on the area near 43rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, police said. Again, heroin, cannabis and crack cocaine were seized, along with cash and one vehicle involved in the illegal sales.
Those arrested were charged with a variety of possession and delivery of a controlled substance offenses, and police continue to look for additional people identified in the investigations.Copyright © 2015, RedEye