Drug operation shuttered, 11 arrested



Operation "Belladonna" Shuts Down Open Air Drug Market in West Pullman/Calumet Park Community

Associated Press - December 6, 2007 4:04 AM ET


CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say they have arrested 11 alleged gang members and shut down an open-air drug market in the city's West Pullman neighborhood that also was a pipeline to suburban Calumet Park .


The 11 suspects arrested Wednesday have been charged with drug conspiracy and seven for alleged delivery of a controlled substance. Police say they are seeking the arrest of 6 more suspects.


Police say investigators for five months targeted an area known as " Trigger Town " because of several homicides and shootings that have taken place in the last year.


Police said

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gang members ran the drug operation. Its leader, identified as William Faulkner, was murdered in a domestic dispute at the start of the probe.


Police say the drug market was the 31st shut down by the department this year.