The Chicago Police and FBI carried out a drug trafficking investigation, named “Operation Blue Knight” that lead to the arrest of 31 federal and 65 state defendants in November 2010, among the arrestees was Timothy Allison, 34, known as “Shaw,” and a member of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang. Allison, yesterday, was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison after U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah determined he was responsible for supervising the distribution of 39 kilograms of heroin.
Operation Blue Knight, was part of a sustained, coordinated effort by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to disrupt Chicago’s highly-organized drug trafficking organizations. The investigation employed wiretaps, cooperating witnesses, undercover surveillance, observation of hand-to-hand drug transactions, and controlled purchases of narcotics by undercover officers and by confidential sources resulting in seizures of evidence.
The Traveling Vice Lords (TVL) street gang and their associates did their drug business on the city’s west side, Allison was among the 100 TVL gang members that were arrested for illegal around-the-clock retail street sales of crack cocaine and heroin, averaging around $10,000 a day, seven days a week between 2008 and 2010 at the corner of North St. Louis Avenue and West Ohio Street and at a second corner nearby at West Chicago and North Christiana avenues. According to a complaint filed by a Chicago police officer working the investigation the heroin being sold was named “Blue Magic,” and when the quality was good customers would travel from as far away as Iowa to purchase the heroin.
Timothy Allison, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin in March 2012, and he has seven prior felony convictions, including aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. A lead defendant in a related federal case, TVL gang member, Jason Austin, also known as “J Rock,” is scheduled to be sentenced on June 10.