Sunday, June 11, 2006

West Side Chicago Kids Arrested For Selling Heroin

A recent drug sting has led to the arrest of several teenagers:

In school uniforms, they peddled and pushed heroin and coke on the West Side before scooting off to class, backpack laden.

Nine juveniles, including one 13-year-old and a 14-year-old girl, were managing and helping run a street corner drug operation last year, something police and city officials say they've never seen before.

The picture below is a satellite photo of the area from Google Earth (click for a larger view). As you can see, the corner in question is in fact adjacent to the school building. The nearest intersection is Chicago Ave. and Cicero (route 50 in the image). Here's a Google Map of the area.
Drug pushing by the children, who range in age from 13 to 17, troubled police, who said older gang members are taking advantage of the fact that juveniles are typically released immediately after a narcotics arrest.

In fact, investigators were shocked to see one of the 15-year-olds they arrested turn up on the corner the next day, ready to start peddling again.

"He showed up for work," an investigator said.

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