Eddie C. Hicks served as a police officer for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) from 1970 to 2000. During that time, he rose to the rank of sergeant. However, Hicks was a corrupt as they come, leading a four-man robbery outfit that ripped off drug dealers for thousands of dollars in cash, kilos of cocaine, hundreds of pounds of cannabis and several firearms staring in the early 90s.
Hicks, Larry Hargrove, Matthew L. Moran and Lawrence W. Knitter would use counterfeit police badges, as well as unmarked cars from the CPD to pull off their missions. They would pose as DEA officers while pulling targets over and forge search warrants while raiding houses, apartments and hotel rooms.
Hicks was originally due for trial on June 9, 2003. Three days prior, he liquidated his annuity and life insurance policies, deposited checks worth $61,886 into bank accounts. After cashing out thee accounts, Hicks fled Chicago for Detroit, where he stole the identity of a man named David Rose and got a fraudulent license.
Hicks was a fugitive for 14 years before federal authorities caught up with him in September 2017. Last year, he was convicted on eight charges including conspiracy to commit racketeering; drug conspiracy; possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense; theft of government funds; and failure to appear for a judicial proceeding. On Thursday (October 1), he was sentenced to 13 years in prison at the age of 71.
Hargrove, Moran and Knitter have all completed their sentences.