Cops shut down West Pullman drug market



October 18, 2007




FAR SOUTH SIDE - Five people who are alleged to be gang members are in custody and an additional four are wanted on criminal drug conspiracy and possession charges after Chicago police said they shut down an open-air drug market in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Police said they recovered more than 400 grams of crack cocaine, more than 100 grams of cannabis and nearly $4,000 during the operation, dubbed "Operation Blood Root."

Police said drug sales took place in the blocks bordered by West 116th and 119th Streets, and South State and Wentworth Streets, in an area that police say is known to be controlled by the Black Disciples street gang and has been site of 23 shootings and two homicides this year.