(FamilyRetirementClub.com)- While Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot continues to slam President Donald Trump for sending in federal agents to deal with the out-of-control violent crime wave in her city, those federal agents are out there arresting dangerous gangsters. On Tuesday, some 23 people were arrested in connection with a gang operation that involved the trafficking of drugs and guns.
Can Mayor Lightfoot really claim she doesn’t need help when the feds are making arrests for crimes as serious as this?
One of the people arrested was reportedly the head of the notorious Chicago Black Disciples gang. Authorities say that the gang is responsible for a huge amount of crime taking place in the southern parts of the city.
CNN reported that the Tuesday arrests followed a “multiyear law enforcement investigation focused on the distribution of narcotics and guns in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side and other parts of the city.”
Court documents show that there were over 50 transactions relating to guns and drugs being sold to people who cooperated with law enforcement. Many of the offenses were captured on video, making it possible for law enforcement to successfully arrest (and soon enough, prosecute) those responsible.
Darnell McMiller, a 34-year-old resident of Chicago who is known by gang members as “Murder” is understood to be the leader of the Black Disciples street gang.
A statement from the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois explains how authorities also arrested other high-ranking members of the gang, as well as members of another gang known as the Gangster Disciples. Those arrested represent two of the oldest street gangs in the city who are some of the biggest sources of violent crime throughout the region.
The other 21 arrests related to the selling, packaging, and housing of drugs like MDMA, fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl-laced heroin. Crimes like money laundering and the sale of illegal handguns were also committed. Some 24 firearms were seized during the arrests, along with a kilogram of heroin, 750 grams of fentanyl, 378 grams of crack cocaine, and 1,350 grams of heroin laced with fentanyl. Some $52,595 in cash was also seized.
23 down…hundreds to go!