Feds bust alleged drug market in Humboldt Park
The feds have charged 18 men who allegedly worked at an open-air drug market in Humboldt Park, where undercover agents allegedly made about 80 purchases during a yearlong investigation dubbed “Operation Monticello’s Revenge.”
Most of the men were arrested last week on charges of federal drug conspiracy in connection to the drug market in the 1000 block of North Monticello Avenue, the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago announced Monday.
According to a criminal complaint, Sam
Howard and Kelvin Franklin worked as street-level managers of the market, coordinating the sale of fentanyl-laced heroin, and personally sold drugs to undercover officers.
Three other men — William Tate, Morrio Bonds and Antonio Lee — supplied the drugs at the market and repackaged them in aluminum foil or baggies, prosecutors said. Thirteen other men are charged with serving as street-level traffickers who allegedly gave Howard and Franklin proceeds from the sales.