New Eisenhower Cameras Aim To Stop Drug Trafficking On The Highway

Nancy Harty
May 31, 2019 - 7:09 pm
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Chicago Police Department

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police have installed cameras along the Eisenhower Expressway to investigate drug trafficking on what they call the "heroin highway."

Police said 20 cameras have been up and running at undisclosed points for about two weeks, thanks to about $500,000 in federal funds secured by the Chicago High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Executive Director Nicholas Roti said the cameras will be monitored by staff at Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications, but the data will be shared among federal and local law enforcement agencies investigating drug crimes.

Standing along the Eisenhower with traffic crawling behind him, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the cameras will not be used to catch people speeding.

They are expected to be equipped with shot-spotter technology to aid police investigating gun crimes, as well.

State police have responded to 24 shootings on Chicago expressways this year and the cameras may help them overcome problems they've encountered in investigations where there were no cooperating witnesses or evidence.