19 Are Charged With Operating Gang Drug Ring

Chicago Sun Times January 7, 1994

Fifteen members of a small West Side gang, including it's reputed leader, and four members of a Nigerian smuggling ring have been indicted on charges of running a $50,000-a-day street-level narcotics operation authorities said Thursday.

The Gangster Black Souls gang sold the drugs - primarily white heroin -around Homan and Walnut on the West Side, investigators said. The drugs were cut and processed in a six-flat apartment building in the 4300 block of West Hirsch, they said.

The year-long investigation bagged 26 alleged lower-level drug sellers before gaining access to operation leaders, Police Supt. Matt Rodriguez said at a press conference Thursday at the Daley Center.

About half of the 26 people are now in state prison on drug charges, authorities said.

Authorities began the investigation after residents began phoning in tips on drug sales to police. In a brief police surveillance video, a drug dealer was seen making four $30 drug transactions in less than two minutes.

Investigators found that new drug dealers quickly replaced those arrested by police, Cook County State's Attorney Jack O'Malley said.

Wayne Edwards, 34, of the 6100 block of North Sheridan, the alleged leader of the Black Souls, and four Nigerians were charged with criminal conspiracy to deal drugs.

Nigerians were charged with criminal conspiracy to deal drugs.

Nigerian Tommiwa Kolly, 25, of the 4800 block of North Sheridan, and Darryl Edwards, 28, of the 2000 block of South 2nd Avenue, Maywood, a gang lieutenant, are still being sought by police.

Police recovered more than $118,000 in cash and more than $23,000 was found in Edward's apartment, authorities said.

Nigerian Ayodele Fayoade, 37, of the 200 block of East Ohio, also was indicted on charges of criminal drug conspiracy with intent to deliver drugs.