Feds break up North Side co­caine traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tion, charge five

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The feds have charged five men in an al­leged North Side co­caine traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing its leader who al­legedly bragged to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer that he sells the “best s--- in the city.”

Joshua “Big Moe” Moore al­legedly ran the op­er­a­tion out of a build­ing near Devon and Western av­enues in West Rogers Park, ac­cord­ing to a 44-page crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Chicago po­lice and the FBI be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing Moore in De­cem­ber 2018 and al­legedly made eight un­der­cover pur­chases with un­der­cover agents, the com­plaint states.

Po­lice al­legedly seized more than 365 grams of sus­pected crack or pow­der co­caine and 6 grams of fen­tanyl.

In one sale in Fe­bru­ary 2019, Moore al­legedly met an of­fi­cer in a Wendy’s park­ing lot to sell crack co­caine.

“I charge ($1,300) for the ounces (28 grams of crack co­caine),” Moore, 44, told the of­fi­cer, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

“Are you se­ri­ous?” the of­fi­cer said. Moore al­legedly replied, “Yeah, I sell straight drop though baby. You know I got the best s--- in the city.”

The of­fi­cer paid him and left with eight clear, knot­ted plas­tic bags filled with a sub­stance that later tested in a DEA lab for co­caine, the com­plaint states.

Four other men have been charged with sell­ing Moore’s drugs: John “Bird” Beard, 30; Earnest “Ernie” Green, 20; Jose “Joey Crack” Fon­tanez, 38; and An­to­nio “Tone” Maxey, 32. All have been ar­rested ex­cept for Green. David Struett

Au­topsy: Man found in­side re­frig­er­a­tor in Edge­wa­ter Beach was stran­gled

A man found Thurs­day morn­ing in­side a re­frig­er­a­tor at his Edge­wa­ter Beach apart­ment was stran­gled, ac­cord­ing to an au­topsy.

Paramedics found 58-year-old Mar­cus Merge un­re­spon­sive in­side a fridge about 10:30 a.m. in the 5700 block of North Sheri­dan Road, ac­cord­ing to Chicago po­lice and the Cook County med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene. Au­topsy re­sults re­leased Fri­day found he died of stran­gu­la­tion and ruled his death a homi­cide, the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice said. David Struett

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