Feds bust al­leged drug mar­ket in Hum­boldt Park

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - David Struett

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.

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