Police Seize $1.7 Million in Drugs, AK-47

By Zach Christman
|  Sunday, Aug 29, 2010  |  Updated 12:49 PM CDT
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Police Seize $1.7 Million in Drugs, AK-47

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Police seized $1.7 million in drugs, arrested 48 people and seized 14 guns in a weeklong series of raids and undercover drug deals, authorities announced Sunday.

In the biggest bust, police said they found 6 pounds of crystal meth, worth nearly $900,000, along with 300 grams of cocaine, worth more than $37,000. That raid happened Friday at a home in the 5100 block of West Grand Avenue.

In another search on Saturday, the CPD's Gang Enforcement Unit raided a home in the 4300 block of S. Martin Luther King Drive. Inside, police said they found a loaded AK-47 assault rifle, 10 grams of cocaine and 5 grams of crack. They arrested 27-year-old Eric Granger at the home, who they said is a known gang member.

Granger was charged with multiple felonies, along with a violation of his parole on aggravated battery charges for beating someone in the head with a baseball bat.

Over the past week, the CPD narcotics unit executed an additional 41 search warrants and 36 undercover drug buys. Those stings netted 48 arrests and 10 guns, along with drugs worth $825,000, and $90,000 in cash.

Police Superintendent Jody Weis hailed the arrests and seizures as a positive step at curbing gang violence.

"These concerted and consecutive efforts by members of the Organized Crime Division truly represent the commitment of Chicago Police to targeting criminals and eliminating activities associated with the most violent crimes in the City," Weis said.

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