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Four Men from the City Arrested After 7 Month Heroin Investigation with Top Officers Working Deals Undercover.
Four alleged offenders, all known members of the Four Corner Hustlers were arrested by members of the West Suburban Directed Gang Enforcement Task Force known as WEDGE. The Suburban police task group works to reduce some of the increase in crime that became apparent with residents of Chicago public housing moving to many of the suburbs.
WEDGE is comprised of police from North Riverside, River Forest, Forest Park, Berwyn, Brookfield, Stickney, Elmwood Park, River Grove, Cicero, Elmwood Park, and Oak Park.
During the 7 month long investigation a River Forest officer was deep undercover doing much of the buying for the recorded transactions of heroin purchasing. Police remote cameras also assisted the work. The FBI worked with the team and is now taking the action to the Federal court system.
Across Austin Blvd in Chicago you will find the highest amount of heroin sales in the country. Oak Park has already had two heroin deaths this year and more could be in the future given our location to the supply chain. The Mexican gangs control the drugs that are getting to the Black and Latino gangs in the city.
The Conservative Vice Lords street gang, along with the Four Corner Hustlers have been dealing in the drugs for many years and Julian Dailey from the Conservative Vice Lords was also arrested in a different action by WEDGE and the officers of the Forest Park police department.
There are some areas in Oak Park where dozens of crack cocaine bags have been found across the street from Brooks middle school. More on that in another story.......
West Suburban Directed Gang Enforcement Task Force known as WEDGE information page
Four suspects arrested in heroin dealing investigation
Raynell Davis and Colran D. Bates
Demarcus Moore and Darrell Lipscomb
A seven-month undercover investigation into heroin dealing on Chicago's west side near Oak Park led to the arrest late last week of four Chicago men. Arrested were:
Oak Park Police investigators had identified three of the suspects operating in the area. Undercover officers assigned to the West Suburban Enhanced Directed Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) task force then conducted a series of controlled heroin purchases from the three suspects, while the Investigative Unit of the Cook County State’s Attorney assisted in collecting evidence for prosecution. The officers made more than 15 purchases ranging from two grams to 22 grams of heroin.
The investigation culminated Thursday with the arrest of the three targets – Davis, Moore and Bates. During the arrests, Lipscomb, who had not been identified previously, was found in possession of more than 100 separate foil packets containing nearly 74 grams of heroin.
All four suspects were charged with Calculated Criminal Drug Conspiracy, a Class X felony that carries a penalty of six to 30 years in prison.
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