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 concerning narcotics trafficking, armed robbery, kidnapping, home invasions, weapons violations, assault, battery and homicide, he said.
Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney, said, “The Chicago and Evanston Police Departments played significant roles in the investigation along with other local agencies. The investigations were conducted under the umbrella of U.S. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and with significant assistance from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.”
On Nov. 2, 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, said the Commander.
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.
On Nov. 3, after the arrest warrants were executed, federal charges against two dozen members and associates of the Belizean Bloods Street Gang were unsealed, said Mr. Fitzgerald’s office.
One defendant, a 30-year old man from Chicago and Evanston, allegedly directed the Belizean Bloods drug-trafficking organization in Chicago, said Mr. Fitzgerald’s office.
“This successful joint operation with the Chicago Police Department and our Federal Partners highlights the Evanston Police Departments’ commitment to a safer Evanston,” said Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington. “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.”