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Feds Raid, Shut down Uptown Medical Clinic

By Adeshina Emmanuel | March 8, 2013 9:41am | Updated on March 8, 2013 9:47am

UPTOWN — Federal agents raided and shut down a medical clinic Thursday afternoon, Chicago Police have confirmed.

Chicago Police "offered very minimal tactical operation support for a federal investigation yesterday in the 4500 block of North Sheridan Road,” said Jose Estrada, a police spokesman.

The raid occurred at the Midtown Medical Center at 4527 N. Sheridan Road.

Estrada had no details about the agencies involved or what led to the investigation.

A spokesman for the Chicago Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed the agency was at the scene but provided no other details.

Uptown resident Kingsley Bimpong, 37, works at a barbershop across from the clinic. Bimpong said the clinic would have "long lines in the morning" stretching from the building.

"It would be all the way around going to Wilson. Nobody really knew what was going on," Bimpong said. "And then yesterday there was all of a sudden DEA, police and the media out here for a long time. We wondered, why are they raiding this place, because it's just a pharmacy to us?"

An employee at M&M Grocery at 4533 N. Sheridan Road said he often saw people with out-of-state license plates going in and out of the clinic, which has a modest waiting room and a pharmacy inside.

The man, who didn't want to be named, said he saw DEA agents at the clinic taking away evidence Thursday. The street was blocked off for a couple of hours during the afternoon.