In August 2009, Evanston Police, Chicago Police and locally represented Federal agencies began a joint investigation into the drug trafficking operations of the Belizean Blood Street Gang, said Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department. During the course of this investigation law enforcement gained information, detailing criminal acts perpetrated by subjects loyal to and members of the Belizean Bloods, he said. These criminal acts included narcotics trafficking, armed robbery, kidnapping, home invasions, weapons violations, assault, battery and homicide, he said. From this intelligence “Operation Blood Hound” was initiated and conducted under the umbrella of the United States Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.
On November 2, 2011, at approximately 6:00 a.m., “Operation Blood Hound” culminated when members of the Evanston Police Department participated in multi-agency arrest teams, who simultaneously deployed throughout Chicago, Evanston and nationwide, to locate and arrest identified Belizean Blood gang members and their associates.
Five men associated with the Evanston area were apprehended, said the Commander. Evanston police are also seeking two additional men in connection with the operation.
Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington said “This successful joint operation with the Chicago Police Department and our Federal Partners highlights the Evanston Police Departments’ commitment to a safer Evanston. The focus on higher level offenders that bring guns and drugs into our community will have many positive benefits, one of which is the lengthy federal prison sentences that will be imposed upon conviction for these serious offenders.”