71 Arrested In Overnight Organized Crime Raids Ahead Of Memorial Day Weekend

Jim Gudas
May 25, 2018 - 12:43 pm

Chicago Police


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police and federal authorities arrested dozens of people in a series of raids overnight targeting organized crime ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted “precision raids against gang affiliated organized crime” which began on Thursday and continued overnight, according to Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

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Authorities executed seven search warrants, seizing 13 guns, two cars and $55,650 in cash, Guglielmi said. The raids also resulted in 71 arrests.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the need for the raids demonstrates a larger problem, especially when it comes to guns.

"It just amazes me, you know how, we cannot just seem to get our elected officials to act on common sense gun laws to prevent these kinds of things," Johnson said.

One of the raids was at a daycare center near Marquette and Morgan in Englewood, which police say was being used to stash guns. Police say children at the daycare center were handed over to their parents, who were also there.

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