From Ald. Cappleman:
"Over the past few days, Chicago Police arrested several key members of Uptown gangs for drug- and weapons-related charges.
Thirteen people were arrested during the sweep, including 11 adults and two juveniles. Those with a previous felony history for the same crimes will likely face additional penalties for repeat offenses.
These arrests are part of a continued effort to address drug sales and violence in the 46th Ward. The ongoing operation also included the arrest of eight people in November. We owe a special thanks to community members for their vigilance and contribution to efforts that have resulted in these arrests.
It is not uncommon for an uptick in violence to occur after a large number of arrests, as gangs re-calibrate their leadership and territory. Chicago Police stated that they are prepared to handle a potential increase in violence with additional patrols in targeted areas. It is critical during this time that we all report any suspicious activity to 911."