Chicago Police Arrest 81 People in Overnight Raids, Mostly for Drug and Weapons Offenses

The Chicago Police Department conducted a series of overnight raids from Thursday into Friday that resulted in 81 arrests, mostly for drug- and weapons-related offenses, Supt. Eddie Johnson said Friday.

The raids, focused on the city’s South and West Side neighborhoods, were “focused on the underlying source of crime in these areas: the sale of narcotics,” Johnson said at a press conference Friday afternoon.

Of the 81 people arrested, Johnson said 61 are previously convicted felons, 49 are documented gang members, 19 have previously been arrested on gun charges, 14 are currently on parole, and 65 have been previously identified by police to be at a higher risk to be a victim or offender of gun violence.

“There are repeat gun offenders that one, don’t care they’re on parole, two, don’t care about the fact they’re already previously convicted felons,” Johnson said.

Police are still looking for 40 people targeted in the raids, and said another raid in the coming weeks will have federal assistance.

Twelve firearms were also seized by police during the raids, Johnson said.

Anthony Riccio, chief of organized crime, said, “One of the guns we took off the street … is actually a machine gun capable of firing 40 to 50 rounds in just a matter of seconds.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, David Caplan