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Blue Island, IL

#47 Aug 8, 2014
Police, ATF target West Side drug-selling operation
Johnny "Goo" Herndon complaint
An alleged longtime heroin and crack dealer, Johnny "Goo" Herndon, described by authorities as a patriarch of a Gangster Disciples gang faction, was arrested today along with dozens of others during a crackdown on two open-air drug spots on Chicago's West Side.(U.S. attorney's office)
By Jason Meisner,
Tribune reporter

More than 30 arrested in drug-trafficking sweep on West Side
Alleged gang boss Johnny 'Goo' Herndon among those arrested in drug sting
An alleged longtime heroin and crack dealer, described by authorities as a patriarch of a Gangster Disciples gang faction, was arrested today along with dozens of others during a crackdown on two open-air drug spots on Chicago’s West Side.

Prosecutors alleged that Johnny “Goo” Herndon, 55, directed the lucrative drug-trafficking organization since the early 1990s and amassed substantial real estate holdings with the illicit profits.

At a news conference this afternoon, U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon called the six-month investigation –headed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives –a nimble takedown of a dangerous gang faction that had terrorized a neighborhood for years.

“Yesterday they were operational, and today it is gone,” Fardon told reporters at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, where he was joined by Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Carl Vasilko, head of the ATF in Chicago.“This is lightning-quick law enforcement that matters.”

someone forgot to pay their police protection bill. war on drugs starts from Mexico either legalize or kill cartel. otherwise nothing will change. the will be another ash hole terrorizing neighborhoods.

Asked whether the takedown would have any real effect on the drug trade or the violence often associated with it, Fardon acknowledged that cases like it are just “once piece” of complicated social-economic puzzle.

“We are not saying that a single gang case is a panacea,” Fardon said.“We are not naïve.”

Chicago police and federal agents carried out an early morning sweep largely on the West Side, arresting up to 35 defendants on federal or state drug charges. Prosecutors said Herndon’s drug territory – the 300 block of South Kilbourn Avenue and the 4400 block of West Congress Avenue -- was particularly lucrative given its proximity to the Eisenhower Expressway, an easy link for suburban drug customers to score heroin or crack.

Authorities alleged that Herndon’s organization used violence, guns and threats to control and protect its turf.

According to the charges, Christopher Harris, the alleged day-to-day manager of Herndon’s operation, was caught in secretly recorded conversations mobilizing Herndon’s crew to respond to the June 7 fatal shooting of a Gangster Disciple near their turf in the 4400 block of West Jackson Boulevard.

To prevent any retaliation, law enforcement arrested Harris that night and found him in possession of a.357 revolver, according to the charges.

In his two decades in control of the organization, Herndon used drug proceeds to amass more than $1.6 million real estate, including multi-unit buildings and Section 8 housing on the West Side and in Gary, Ind. He also rehabbed many of the properties using drug proceeds, the charges alleged.

Asked about Herndon’s advanced years, Fardon paused and smiled.

“Fifty-five is the new 35,” he quipped.
the answer is

Blue Island, IL

#48 Aug 12, 2014
Why are you making up BS? Get a life. Nothing happened at Walgreens. Nothing happened at Thornton's. Four hispanic teenagers were fighting on Western 2 blocks north of 127th St and one pulled out a gun and shot 2 of them and then rode off on a bike and was caught, identified in a line-up by an eyewitness, and the shooter's accomplice was caught that night.

Was this Drug related? Was this gang related?
Bob

Alsip, IL

#49 Aug 13, 2014
the answer is wrote:
Why are you making up BS? Get a life. Nothing happened at Walgreens. Nothing happened at Thornton's. Four hispanic teenagers were fighting on Western 2 blocks north of 127th St and one pulled out a gun and shot 2 of them and then rode off on a bike and was caught, identified in a line-up by an eyewitness, and the shooter's accomplice was caught that night.
Was this Drug related? Was this gang related?
Dam kids.
clark

Blue Island, IL

#50 Aug 23, 2014
Members of two-six -gang-indicted

http://posttrib.suntimes.com/29395094-537/eig...
Former Resident

New Lenox, IL

#51 Aug 24, 2014
This thread should be abbreviated to; Mexicans a Scourge on Blue Island. Always have been, always will be.
Bob

Alsip, IL

#52 Aug 25, 2014
Former Resident wrote:
This thread should be abbreviated to; Mexicans a Scourge on Blue Island. Always have been, always will be.
Thanks, Don. You could have done more.
Leonardo

Blue Island, IL

#53 Oct 18, 2014
Leonardo

Blue Island, IL

#54 Oct 18, 2014
the lost generation

Blue Island, IL

#55 Jan 31, 2015
The Sinaloa Cartel devastated Blue Island, the War on Drugs was a failure.

Editorials
A punishment that never ends
| Sun-Times Editorial Board

Twin brothers Pedro and Margarito Flores, 33, appear in federal court in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Because of their extraordinary cooperation with authorities, the twins were sentenced to only 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion North American drug ring.
If U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo could have held his nose for extra emphasis in court on Tuesday, he surely would have done it.

EDITORIAL

Were it a normal case, Castillo would have handed down life sentences to two of the biggest drug dealers ever to be indicted in Chicago, Southwest Side-bred twins Pedro and Margarito Flores, 33. Castillo, a former prosecutor, said he would have given the twins — the worst drug dealers he’d seen in 20 years on the bench — life in prison,“and I would not hesitate.”

But because of the twins’ extraordinary cooperation with the government, Castillo sentenced them to just 14 years each.

A bitter pill to swallow.

But well worth it.

The twins’ crimes were as extraordinary as was their cooperation. They helped turn Chicago into a $1.8 billion cocaine- and heroin-dealing hub for the Sinaloa cartel. Castillo called their work “devastating. It is simply horrific.”

But at the height of their success, the twins turned on cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was the world’s most wanted man until his arrest in Mexico last year. Their cooperation led to the indictment of 64 Sinaloa-connected players, including the arrest of “El Chapo.” Count the twins’ capture as a big coup, not the normal low-level drug dealers Castillo normally sees.

Though the drug trade continues, as a downcast and frustrated Castillo said on Tuesday, government cooperation is essential and should be rewarded.

“Let the message go out,” Castillo said.“You can cooperate with the government and get a discount, even for behavior as devastating as this was.”

That edict applies to other crimes as well, particularly the violent crimes that rip apart so many Chicago neighborhoods. If more people spoke up, if more people helped squash the anti-snitch street culture, imagine the deterrent effect it could have.

No one thinks the Flores twins, or any snitch for that matter, gets off easy. After the twins complete their 14-year sentence, their imprisonment will continue. With the Sinaloa cartel after them, these young men will be looking over their shoulders for the rest of their lives.

Their punishment will never end.
Alfonzo

United States

#56 Feb 2, 2015
The Outfit wrote:
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Part of this is true but the big part that people still can not or will not face is that the Cartel CAN NOT & WILL NOT sell drugs in Chicago and the Burbs unless the Outfit gives them permission.
The Outfit otherwise known by the FBI as La Cosa Nostra or Mafia controls everything in Chicago & other places. They have gone underground, unseen and unheard. The Outfit capos have told the crews and the soldato's who are in them to behave and don't bring attention to themselves. The Mafia still lives & don't let anyone tell you different.
There is no such thing.
DEA handy work

Blue Island, IL

#58 Feb 14, 2015
News
Man charged with murder of Belmont Cragin boy
Posted: 02/13/2015,| Sam Charles

Roberto Madrigal, 18, was charged early Friday with first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Diaz, 13.| Chicago Police photo
An 18-year-old man was charged early Friday in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy on Sunday in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood.

Roberto Madrigal was charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Diaz, who was shot about 10:35 p.m. Sunday in the 6000 block of West Grand, Chicago Police said.

Anthony Diaz, 13, was shot to death late Sunday in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side.| Provided photo
Anthony Diaz, 13, was shot to death late Sunday in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side.| Provided photo

Diaz and two of his sisters, ages 15 and 17, left their Northwest Side home to confront someone over Facebook posts, said Anthony’s stepfather, Ralph Otero, 47.

Police said the boy was walking with a group when someone walked up and opened fire, striking Anthony.

RELATED: 13-year-old boy shot to death in Belmont Cragin neighborhood

Otero and his wife were sleeping when they got a call from Anthony’s 17-year-old sister saying he had been shot.

“I saw him lying on the ground about a block away from our house,” Otero said.

The boy was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Madrigal, of the 2700 block of North Laramie, was scheduled to appear in bond court Friday, police said.

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