Chicago Police arrested 38 offenders and shut down two gang-controlled drug markets following months-long investigations, officials said.
A January investigation of a suspected drug market located 1,000 feet from a community school in the Morgan Park District ended Wednesday with 19 arrests and the confiscation of heroin, cannabis, ecstasy, crack cocaine and the recovery of two handguns, a rifle and a replica handgun, according to police.
In an unrelated three-month investigation in the South Chicago District, surveillance operations, covert narcotics purchases, and one search warrant reportedly led to 19 arrests and the recovery of heroin, cannabis, and crack cocaine Thursday.
“Dismantling drug markets is critical to decreasing gang violence and criminal activity in our communities,” said Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy in a statement. “We improve the quality of life in our city by taking down these drug markets and removing the involved criminals, weapons, and narcotics from the streets,” he added.
Those arrested face drug and weapon-related charges, possession and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, delivery of cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession of cannabis.
Police said they will continue to seek others in connection with the investigations.