Chicago Police announced today the arrest of 15 people and the seizure of drugs and cash from what they said was an open-air drug market in the Englewood neighborhood.
"Operation Bleeding Heart," a four-month investigation involving 27 undercover drug purchases, led to the seizure of 88 grams of crack cocaine, 184 grams of marijuana, and $4,799 in cash, police said.
The investigation was prompted by 169 calls to 911 regarding drug sales in the area of 63rd Street between Calumet and Vernon Avenues, and King Drive between 61st and 63rd Streets, an area police say is frequented by members of the Black Disciple and Gangster Disciple street gangs.
Undercover drug purchases were made within 1000 feet of John Dulles Elementary School, Austin Sexton School, and a number of churches, according to a press release.
A sixteen-year-old boy and 11 adults were arrested and charged with criminal drug conspiracy. Three men were arrested and charged with delivery of a controlled substance.
Three other men are being sought by police for their involvement in the market, police said.