(CBS) — Police and federal agents say they have broken a drug ring that was one of the “worst of the worst” on the West Side’s “Heroin Highway.”
In a series of coordinated raids, 32 people were arrested Wednesday. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said 10 additional people were still sought in connection with the ring, which controlled heroin and cocaine traffic in the area surrounding Independence Boulevard and Grenshaw Street, just south of the Eisenhower Expressway.
Police size half a kilogram of heroin, more than half a kilogram of cocaine, a dozen guns and $50,000 in cash, as well as a 2014 Maserati belonging to one of those charged.
The investigation took 10 months, although McCarthy said the ring, allegedly run by 33-year-old James Triplett and allegedly supplied by 34-year-old LeVaughn Collins, had controlled the drug trade in the area for more than 10 years.
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