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Feds indict 50 Two-Six Nation gang members in Chicago with gun and drug trafficking

May 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds indict 50 Two-Six Nation gang members in Chicago with gun and drug trafficking

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Authorities at the federal and local levels have charged close to 50 members of the Gangster Two-Six Nation gang accused of selling guns and drugs on Chicago’s South Side and its neighboring suburbs.

The probe, named “Operation Bunny Trap” in reference to the group’s rabbit symbol, learned of firearm and drug dealing inside a pizza shop in the Brighton Park area as well as numerous other illegal gun transactions.

The charges detail illegal gun transactions in several other areas on the South Side, including Chicago Lawn, Clearing, Chatham, and Englewood.

Frank Sanchez, a violence interrupter with Ceasefire poses for a portrait January 13, 2017. (Photo by Joshua Lott for The Trace)

Among those charged was 50-year-old Francisco “Smokey” Sanchez, a Two-Six Nation gang leader who works as a program services specialist for CeaseFire, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“This is one gang in Chicago and is not the only gang that our law enforcement efforts are looking at,” Joel Levin, the acting U.S. Attorney, told the media on Friday.

The investigation spanned over two years and resulted in seizures of roughly 120 guns, 25 rounds of ammunition and two ballistic vests, along with cocaine, fentanyl, and crystal meth.

Officials indicated that 27 defendants were charged in Cook County Criminal Court and an additional 21 in federal court.

The gang has been under investigation by federal and local authorities since late 2014.

The investigation, headed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Chicago police, used extensive surveillance techniques and purchases of narcotics by undercover officers.

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