Updated: Mar 20, 2019
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35 People were arrested for a operating a "Telephone Hotline" to sell heroin usually laced with the painkiller fentanyl on the Chicago Westside.
They ran a well organized operation. The Operators and Dispatchers of the hotline would received a call or order then send drug dealers to different parts of the West Side to conduct business, official said.
For the last two-years an investigation concentrated heavily on the West Garfield Park neighborhood, The operation conducted by the Chicago Police Department and U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA).
Over the process of the investigation, undercover officers made about 50 drug purchases from its dealers.
According to officials, During the operation, authorities seized a kilogram of heroin, most of which contained fentanyl, about $100,000 in cash, five guns and four vehicles. Federal Drug charges were filed against 22 people and 13 other were charged with state-level crimes in connection with the operation, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.