18 suspected gang-bangers arrested in drug sting

Chicago Sun-Times,  Jul 20, 2005  by Natasha Korecki

Eighteen reputed gang-bangers who are accused of being major heroin and cocaine suppliers were swept up in a series of arrests Tuesday.

Four others remain at large.

The 18 are alleged members of the Four Corner Hustlers, or 4CH, a faction of the Vice Lords Nation, a gang that has permeated the South and West sides and some western and southern suburbs, according to the feds.

FCH is known as a major supplier of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, selling up to 100 kilograms of cocaine weekly, according to the FBI.

The arrests stem from an 18-month probe by the FBI's Joint Task Force on Gangs, and the Chicago Police Department's Gang Crime Unit. The probe included considerable surveillance and wiretaps.

Those arrested Tuesday include reputed 4CH leader Jerome T. Murray, 38, of Crete, who allegedly controlled South Side drug territory. He along with other suspects are scheduled to appear in federal court today on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess drugs.