Police Bust Heroin Ring Near Austin Neighborhood School

16-year-old among those charged

By Zach Christman
|  Sunday, Apr 25, 2010  |  Updated 10:30 AM CDT
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Heroin Ring Busted

(L to R) Gregory Brown and James Lostion were among eight people arrested in connection with an alleged heroin ring that allegedly sold drugs near a school in the Austin neighborhood.

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Police arrested eight people in connection with an alleged heroin ring that operated near a school in the Austin neighborhood.

Undercover narcotics officers made 12 drug buys near Cicero Avenue and Walton Street, all within 1,000 feet of a school, according to a police news release.

Authorities issued warrants for 12 people allegedly involved in the ring, and subsequently arrested eight of those, including a 16-year-old. One of the suspects was arrested while committing a burglary, and another while gambling illegally, according to the release.

Police also conducted a search in the 900 block of North Waller in connection with the arrests, and recovered a small amount of heroin, two handguns and a shotgun, the release read.

Those arrested were:

  • George Compton, 18, of Maywood. Charges: Delivery of a controlled substance, gambling
  • Gregory Brown, 37, of the 4500 block of South Lavergne. Charges: Delivery of a controlled substance, burglary
  • James Lostion, 30, of the 4800 block of West Rice. Charge: Drug conspiracy
  • Deron Collins, 18, of the 1100 block of North Keeler. Charge: Delivery of a controlled substance
  • Jamarl Williams, 18, of the 900 block of North Leclaire. Charge: Warrant for dangerous drugs
  • Jamion Winters, 18, of the 900 block of North Lamon. Charge: Warrant for delivery of a controlled substance
  • Pledge Diming, 47, of the 900 block of North Leclaire. Charge: Warrant for delivery of a controlled substance
  • Juvenile, 16. Charge: Possession of a controlled substance

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