3 Dozen Gang Members Charged in Drug Case

Los Angeles Times
IN BRIEF/ILLINOIS
From Times Wire Reports

June 22, 2006

Federal prosecutors charged more than three dozen members of a Chicago street gang with running a drug ring that sold crack cocaine, marijuana, heroin and the potentially lethal prescription painki*ler fentanyl.

Fentanyl-laced heroin has been blamed for more than 200 overdose-related deaths across the eastern half of the country in recent months, at least 70 in the Chicago area.

But though much of the fentanyl seized in the investigation was packaged for individual use, none of the seized heroin was found to be mixed with fentanyl, authorities said.

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