At a press conference today, Superintendent McCarthy was joined by command staff at Public Safety Headquarters, where a sample of recently recovered firearms was on display. McCarthy announced more than 970 guns have been seized in the first seven weeks of the year and discussed recent anti-violence efforts to reduce violence in the City.
He emphasized the entrenched connection between guns, gangs, and drugs, and discussed a Narcotics Unified Enforcement Mission designed to disrupt a gang-controlled drug market in the Calumet District. “It is important we tackle the problem of gun violence on all fronts,” said Superintendent McCarthy. “Narcotics missions are an integral tool in combating violence in our communities,” he added.
In the course of the Narcotics Unified Enforcement Mission, narcotics officers uncovered a criminal drug conspiracy in the area of 107thand Michigan Avenue and identified 17 targets involved in the distribution of narcotics. On Thursday, officers arrested 10 of the wanted targets and recovered quantities of heroin, cannabis, and crack cocaine.
February 20, 2013