Operation “Last Stop” Targets $1.6 Million-Dollar-A-Year Drug Enterprise
The Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Organized Crime, assisted by Rogers Park (24th) District officers and in partnership with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the H.I.D.T.A. (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas), concluded a four-month investigation dubbed Operation “Last Stop.” The joint efforts ultimately disrupted a $1.6 million-dollar-a-year gang-controlled drug enterprise.
Operation “Last Stop” was initiated in response to complaints received from the community, and an increase in violence by street gangs engaging in narcotics sales near school grounds and public transportation. The investigation targeted members of the Gangster Disciples street gang involved in a conflict over territory in the East Rogers Park neighborhood. The investigation involved dozens of narcotics purchases by undercover officers from known gang members and their associates. These narcotics transactions all occurred within 1,000 feet of school property in the area.
On Wednesday, Chicago Police blanketed the North Side neighborhood armed with arrest warrants obtained with the assistance of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Eleven subjects were placed into custody, in addition to four other subjects arrested at earlier points in the investigation. During the course of the operation, police seized quantities of cash, crack cocaine, one vehicle, and two handguns, one of which was used in an Attempted Armed Robbery of an undercover officer conducting the investigation