Federal investigation of Chicago Street Gang involves Racketeering charges

Federal investigation of Chicago Street Gang involves Racketeering charges

A federal indictment has been unsealed this week which has charged ten alleged members of the LAFA street gang with participating in a criminal organization that murdered its rivals and violently protected its drug-dealing territories on the South Side of Chicago. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) conducted an investigation that uncovered the criminal activity.

Drug or firearm charges were originally filed in related cases against eleven individuals. The individuals included a woman and two of her sons. The superseding indictment unsealed this week has added new defendants. The indictment alleges acts of violence, including four murders and 13 attempted murders. Ten of the defendants are facing new charges including racketeering conspiracy.

In Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota arrests were carried out this week. One of the defendants was arraigned this week in federal court in Chicago. The arraignment dates for others have not been scheduled yet. The law enforcement authorities had seized  34 firearms, a machete and sheath, approximately a kilogram of cocaine, 78 pounds of marijuana, more than $190,000 in suspected illicit cash proceeds, designer clothing appraised at more than $300,000, Rolex watches during the multi-year probe.

The authorities had also seized numerous pieces of diamond jewelry, including two necklaces that had attached to them 14-carat gold pendants with the initials “LAFA” written in diamonds. John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the FBI; and Charlie Beck, interim Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department announced the superseding indictment.

U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Districts of Northern Indiana and Minnesota; Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; IRS Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago; Illinois State Police; Cook County Sheriff’s Office; police departments in Orland Park, Evergreen Park, Bolingbrook and Joliet; Minnesota-based Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force; Duluth, Minn., Police Department; St. Louis County, Minn., State’s Attorney’s Office; and FBI offices in Minneapolis, Minn., and Indianapolis, Ind. provided substantial assistance.

Guest Writer

Related Posts
Man Charged with Criminal Sexual Abuse and Battery
The Schaumburg Police Department has initiated an investigation of an alleged Criminal Sexual Abuse and
Hoffman comes forward to help small businesses getting necessary lifeline
Representative Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, urged small businesses to apply for additional funding under the Business
September: National Recovery Month
Centerstone is celebrating September as National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month is recognized by Centerstone
Gun Shootings near May Street and 122nd Street, Chicago
CBS 2’s Steven Graves reports that a total of nine people were wounded between the
Fires Shot at Police Officers
On September 16, at 9:33 p.m., members of the Springfield Police Street Crimes Unit had
Sexual Exploitation of a Child Lands Decatur Man 22 Years in Federal Prison
Daniel A. Betty, 28, of Decatur, Ill., is sentenced to serve 22 years in federal
Marijuana tax revenue approaches $20M a month
Illinois’ recreational marijuana tax revenue is accelerating as it approaches $20 million a month. The
27 Years in Prison Sentencing for Chicago Street Gang Member
Chicago street gang’s member has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for engaging
EXPO Chicago: 2020 Fall Programming Announced
Each September, the international art fair, EXPO Chicago launches and dominates the region's cultural calendar.
Free Virtual Sessions Offered by Rockford University
The region’s leading private four-year institution Rockford University announced it will offer sessions from its