Chicago police announce drug arrests
A Cook County Jail guard and several others were charged with smuggling marijuana into a maximum-security wing. (Tribune photo illustration)
A Narcotics Unified Enforcement Mission investigation targeted areas of the Grand Crossing, South Chicago, Gresham and Deering police districts on the South Side, and on Thursday officials served more than 60 search warrants, police said in a news release.
While serving the warrants, police arrested 71 people and seized 15 guns and seven vehicles, along with marijuana, heroin, and crack and powder cocaine, police said. Also, nearly $35,000 in cash was taken.
In addition to the Narcotics Unified Enforcement Mission, officers shut down an open-air heroin market controlled by gang members at 79th Street and St. Lawrence Avenue, seizing additional heroin and making 11 more arrests, police said.
Police did not release additional details of those arrested or the exact charges, but said six additional suspects are being sought in connection with the ongoing investigation.