Chicago police shut down drug market in "Operation Rock Me Amadeus

November 19, 2006

CHICAGO Police say a dozen gang members face charges following a three-month undercover investigation that shut down a drug market on Chicago's southwest side.

The Chicago Police Department announced today that eight people are in custody and warrants have been issued for four more following "Operation Rock Me Amadeus."

Police launched the operation in August. It focused on an open-air crack cocaine market (near 63rd Street and Mozart Avenue) controlled by the Gangster Disciples street gang.

During the investigation, undercover officers made 20 controlled narcotics purchases, all within one-thousand feet of two schools and a church.

Chicago police say they've dismantled 46 open-air drug markets so far this year. Last year, police shut down 53 drug markets and charged 735 people.