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Side Side Drug Sting Nets 50 Pounds of Pot and 65 Arrests

By Alex Parker | January 25, 2013 7:28pm
 Police arrested more than 70 people in two South Side operations Thursday.
Police arrested more than 70 people in two South Side operations Thursday.
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CHICAGO — In a sweeping operation Thursday, Chicago police arrested more than 60 people and confiscated more than 50 pounds of marijuana, 15 guns and more than $35,000 in cash. A separate operation busted a South Side drug market, taking in heroin and 11 suspects, police said.

Cops targeted four South Side districts, conducting "buy-bust" deals, followed by the execution of more than 60 search warrants, according to a police news release. The operation - which used officers from the police department's narcotics, gang enforcement and asset forfeiture divisions - resulted in the arrests of 65 people, police said. Additionally, police confiscated 15 guns, 52 pounds of marijuana, quantities of heroin, crack and cocaine, several vehicles and $35,000 in cash, the release said.

“Community safety is the key factor motivating our narcotics missions, and the results continually highlight the severe extent to which guns and gangs are connected to narcotics activity,” said Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. “We must continue to go after the source of violence that is devastating our neighborhoods, and that means removing the guns and drugs and criminals that are responsible."

In a separate operation, narcotics officers busted a heroin market at 79th Street and St. Lawrence Avenue, which was controlled by a gang. Eleven people were arrested, and police recovered heroin and another vehicle, police said.

Police are seek six people who are wanted in connection to the investigation.