The the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that officials “disrupted” a Mexico-to-Chicago narcotics pipeline. The investigation led to authorities seizing more than 190 kilograms of heroin and led to drug charges against 19 defendants, according to a press release. The investigation involved numerous areas surrounding Chicago. Authorities shut down a house in Bensenville that was housing heroin, and seized it from warehouses located in St. Charles and Sugar Grove. The investigation was named “Operation Over the Top” and used wiretapped cell phones, undercover work and surveillance to become successful.
“This investigation is an example of the extraordinary determination and cooperation among our law enforcement partners,” said acting U.S. Attorney Levin. “Our office remains committed to halting the stream of heroin and other dangerous narcotics into our communities.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Arrests began this past weekend.
“Too many lives are lost to heroin and too many families forever scarred,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Wichern. “I’m proud of the work done by these agents, officers and prosecutors who have worked tirelessly to achieve these results, and I’m confident that with our continued partnership, we will have increasing success.”
Many of the defendants lived in or around Chicago. Most lived in Aurora or Schiller Park.
By Michael Obrecki