CHICAGO — Police raided a Southeast Side candy store Saturday, and arrested a woman suspected of selling drugs, as well as sweets.
In the raid of the unidentified store on the 3000 block of East 83rd Street, officers recovered four baggies of crack cocaine, a clear bag containing 20 small baggies of cannabis. They also found cash believed to part of the operation.
Recent violene piqued the interest of police, and an investigation led them to the candy store where Gloria Estrada, 46, of the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue, was arrested. She was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of cannabis.
Officers had set up surveillance of the store, and arrested two people for drug possession earlier in the week. Using information obtained from those arrests, officers secured a search warrant for the candy store.
“Drug spots like this contribute to violence in our communities,” said 4th District Tactical Lieutenant Kevin Milmine in a statement released by police. “It is deplorable that a store of this type was used for drug sales, and it is tremendous work by my tactical officers to shut them down."
Estrada is scheduled to appear in court Sunday.