The crackdown on gangs seems to be going on all over the country. Yesterday, law enforcement cuffed 120 alleged Bronx gang members in the biggest gang bust in New York City history. In recent weeks, police have been clamping down on gangs in Detroit. Starting last week into this week, Chicago authorities has also been getting in on the action, arresting 70 people and shuttering two businesses.
Two “vice and narcotics busts” were executed by the Chicago PD, from last Friday into Tuesday. The busts targeted alleged offenders in Harrison and Austin districts and aimed “to quell recent violence in these districts, as well as an increase in the sale and abuse of fentanyl-laced heroin,” according to ABC.
As a result of the operation, 54 people were arrested on felony narcotics charges, and seven guns were recovered.
On Monday, officers also conducted a raid in the Lincoln District designed to strike at gang operations. Sixteen suspects were arrested – eight of them members of documented gangs, police said.
Ten administrative notice of violation citations were issued to a business located in the 5000-block of North Sheridan, and the building was ordered closed by the city’s building commissioner for serious code violations. Twelve building code violations were also issued to buildings located in the 1100-block of West Argyle.
Other businesses were cited. DNAInfo details the violations the business were slapped with:
• 10 Administrative Notice of Ordinance Violations issued to a building in the 5000 block of North Sheridan. The building has been ordered closed by Building Commissioner due to serious code violations.
• 10 building code violations and two gambling machines seized in the 1100 block of West Granville Avenue.
• Four building code violations issued to a building in the 1100 block of West Argyle Street.
• Eight building code violations issued to another building in the 1100 block of West Argyle Street.
According to Chief Anthony Riccio, “We’re not getting the low-level guys or the guys who are occasionally using or buying. We’re getting the guys that are hardcore street gang members: 46 convicted felons, almost all street gang members.”