NORTH LAWNDALE — Police announced the arrest of 19 people involved in a "gang-controlled drug market" late last week.
Along with the arrests, police seized a car and quantities of PCP, heroin and cannabis, according a statement released by the Chicago Police Department.
Police received complaints from community members about drugs sales near 13th Street and South Christiana Avenue in the city's North Lawndale neighborhood. After undercover officers performed a number of narcotics purchases, police were able to identify 20 people involved in the "drug market," according to a statement.
On Thursday, police swooped in to make the arrests. Police said the investigation is ongoing because they are still searching for one person involved.
Narcotics Division Commander James O'Grady said in a statement that narcotics like the ones seized are a "key variable driving gangs and violence" in Chicago.
“This mission serves as a reminder that anyone engaging in this kind of illegal activity will be subject to targeted efforts to eliminate the problem and ultimately keep the streets safe for law-abiding community members,” O'Grady said.