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Chicago police arrest 140 gang members in pre-summer sweep

May 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Chicago police arrest 140 gang members in pre-summer sweep Police make arrests at S. Drexel Blvd. and E. Oakwood Blvd. on Tuesday evening. Four people were shot earlier a few blocks away in the 3700 block of South Langley Ave. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

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Chicago police announced the arrests of over 140 alleged street gang members and associates on Drug trafficking and weapons charges, NBC Chicago reported on Friday.

Authorities said the arrests result from an operation conducted by the Chicago Police Dept. and Federal agents, which took place in the last two days.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the operation was part of a concerted effort to combat the spiraling gun violence in the Windy City, and indicated that the sweep was conducted ahead of the summer months when violence in the city has traditionally surged.

“These initiatives send a clear message to anyone who contributes to the sources of violence in Chicago: you will be subject to the full weight of the Department and our partners in law enforcement,” Johnson said in a statement. “Put simply, violence this summer will not be tolerated.”

Law enforcement officials said 117 of the suspects detained are on the Chicago Police Department’s “Strategic Subject List,” which details the subject’s gang affiliation, arrest record, and propensity to perpetrate.

Police also take into account additional risk factors considered in placing someone on the list such as if the person was a victim of gun violence.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the two-day sweep targeted the 11th and 15th districts, both of which were deemed among the city’s most violent districts

Guglielmi said authorities seized over $45,0000 worth of narcotics including cocaine and heroin along with 26 illegal firearms.

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