Federal and state officials allege that the drug deals stretched across Chicago, from the South Side to the West Side and Humboldt Park. Authorities say more than two dozen suspects have been charged with a variety of drug trafficking crimes, including distribution of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.
Only three of the 29 suspects named had been taken into custody at the time of the news report, a state’s attorney spokesperson said. When others are arrested, they “will be charged with 27 deliveries (combined) of heroin/fentanyl, and/or heroin and/or cocaine.”
Officials said the Chicago Police Department led the months-long investigation that involved alleged heroin and fentanyl purchases over the summer by undercover informants who secretly recorded several of the transactions.
Prosecutors released photographs of suspects from undercover videos of seven men charged by the federal government.
According to a news report, officials said many of the alleged transactions were carried out in known heroin and cocaine marketplaces.
A federal prosecutor said the city’s police department headed the investigation with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the federal Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Marshals.
A 38-year-old suspect is accused of selling more than three grams of pure fentanyl to an undercover cop in May near Douglas Park. A 48-year-old man is accused of selling at least four grams of a fentanyl-heroin mix in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.
Prosecutors said suspects face up to 20 years in prison on drug distribution charges if convicted.
If you face similar allegations, talk with a skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney before speaking to investigators or prosecutors.