“Operation Blue Water” Targets Almighty Ambrose

A Chicago street gang suffered a major blow to its drug operation Tuesday, authorities said, as FBI agents and Chicago police wrapped up a two-year investigation dubbed "Operation Blue Water."

Eight people affiliated with the Ambrose street gang were arrested Tuesday, bringing to 17 the number of people recently charged in the gang's PCP business which operated in Gary.

The FBI's Gang Crimes Task Force raided the Gary laboratory on Sunday and arrested the building's owner, Dan Wright Sr.

Five people alleged to be members of the drug ring were arrested Sunday near 71st and State without incident during a drug deal, according to FBI officials. About two pints of PCP were seized along with cash, weapons and cars.

Agents learned of the drug deal through phone taps. In one call, one of the suspects was heard complaining about the quality of previous PCP shipments.

Thomas Kneir, who heads the Chicago FBI office, said the crackdown was part of a two-year investigation aimed at the gang's PCP operation.

The drug ring distributed at least 50 vials of PCP per day for about $30 per vial, according to the criminal complaint.

The Ambrose gang is one of Chicago's oldest, dating to the mid- 1960s, Kneir said. While the gang's roots are in Pilsen on the Southwest Side, it has chapters throughout the South Side and Near North Side.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said the sting hit all sectors of the drug operation "from the chemists to the suppliers to the distributors."