Chicago Police Shut Down South Side Drug Market

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Chicago Police Shut Down South Side Drug Market

Postby Christina Marie » March 3rd, 2006, 5:54 pm

For Immediate Release
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Friday, March 3, 2006
Chicago Police Shut Down South Side Drug Market

Chicago Police shut down an open-air drug market on Chicago's South Side and charged 15 people following a 2 ½-month undercover drug investigation, authorities announced Friday.

Eleven people were taken into custody Wednesday and arrest warrants were issued for four others as police wrapped up "Operation Law Croaker." Launched in December, the investigation targeted a drug market in the 7200 block of South Marshfield Avenue in the Englewood (7th) District controlled by the Gangster Disciples street gang.




Police said gang members sold crack cocaine on the street, with little regard for law-abiding citizens, including young children going to and from a daycare center and park located a block away. The market also operated within 1,000 feet of four neighborhood churches.




"This drug market created a climate of fear and intimidation and spurred much of the gang-related violence we saw in the area," said Englewood District Cmdr. Joseph Patterson. "These drug dealers operated in plain sight, conducting hand-to-hand drug transactions with both walk-up and drive-up customers. By going after these gang members and shutting down this market, we make the neighborhood safer and improve the quality of life for the residents who live there."




Operation Law Croaker was launched in mid-December in response to complaints about the drug activity from 7th District personnel, citizens and members of nearby churches.




Police set up a surveillance and began making drug buys, completing a total of 20 undercover purchases by the conclusion of the investigation. During Wednesday's arrest round-up, police took 11 of 15 targets into custody and recovered two pistols.




Chicago Police have dismantled five open-air drug markets so far this year under its street-corner drug conspiracy initiative, which treats drug operations as criminal enterprises. Last year, as a result of these long-term investigations, police shut down 53 drug markets and charged 735 drug dealers.




Those arrested or wanted on warrants as part of Operation Law Croaker include:




Corey Henson, 24; in custody crim. drug consp.


Deon Freeman, 20; in custody crim. drug consp.


Christopher Thompson, 18; in custody crim. drug consp.


Titus Mangun, 18; in custody crim. drug consp.


Eric Jones, 20; in custody crim. drug consp.


Jerome Falls, 44; in custody crim. drug consp.


Corey Jones, 17; wanted crim. drug consp.


Antonio Jackson, 21; wanted crim. drug consp.


Kenneth Garrison, 28; wanted crim. drug consp.


Martwan Butler, 22; in custody del. cont. subs.


Anthony O’Banner, 38; in custody del. cont. subs.


Male Juvenile, 16; in custody del. cont. subs.


Male Juvenile, 16; in custody del. cont. subs.


Male Juvenile, 16; in custody del. cont. subs.


Male Juvenile, 16; in custody del. cont. subs.

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