More Than 100 Arrested in Citywide Drug, Gun Raids: Chicago Police

Chicago police arrested more than 100 suspects in citywide drug and gun raids in less than 36 hours, the department announced Friday.

The arrests were made by the organized crime units, which were conducting "high-precision raids against gangs" in the city, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. 

Between Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, 100 felony arrests were made and one person was taken into custody on a misdemeanor charge, officials said.  Among those arrested were members of 12 gangs in Chicago, according to Chief of Organized Crime Anthony Riccio. 

The department estimates up to 105 more suspects will be arrested in the seven to 10 days.

"The results of this initiative put front and center the facts that I’ve been saying for some time now," Supt. Eddie Johnson said during a press conference Friday. "That there’s a small subset of the population that cycles through the criminal justice system to repeat the same crimes and drive the violence in some of our neighborhoods."

Johnson added the raids aim "to put repeat offenders on notice that their behavior will not go without consequence."

It is the third series of raids so far this summer. 

In May, the department announced it had arrested nearly 100 documented gang members on narcotics and weapons charges in one of the largest drug and violence missions in the department's history.

Late last month, the FBI, CPD and federal partners charged dozens of members of the Latin Kings street gang in federal indictments. 

At the time, Johnson said the indictments should serve "as a warning to others that we will continue to come after them with everything we have," but he noted there is still more to do to combat the city's ongoing violence troubles.

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