--It really don't read like much but, sources inside the investigation tell me that this case can have far reaching affects into the drug trade. This has been a long, on-going investigation that has not reached its maximum potential yet. Stay tuned.--
-Franklin Park Herald-
Nearly two dozen charged in multimillion-dollar drug operations in Chicago area
By Kim Janssen email@example.com
Oct. 2 8:40 a.m.
A Franklin Park woman was among 22 people arrested in a heroin and cocaine ring that brought drugs into the U.S. from Mexico, with the bust resulted in $3.9 million in cash recovered from a home in Park Ridge, the feds say.
The operation — led by the Chicago Strike Force of federal and local law enforcement — covered California, Oregon, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Chicago area, according to a series of federal complaints.
It suggests what authorities have long alleged: that cartels are using Chicago as a U.S. hub for drug trafficking.
Raids beginning Sept. 29 saw 14 defendants arrested in the Chicago area, including Stephanie Arredondo, 22, of Franklin Park, who is charged with other for conspiring to possess and distribute cocaine between April 2012 and May 2014. If convicted, she and eight other defendant face mandatory minimum prison sentences of five years with a maximum of 40 years.
According to the FBI, one of the defendants was arrested at a manufacturing plant in Mundelein.
The raids follow the April 2013 arrest of Victor Mata Madrigal, 37, of Lombard, who allegedly imported wholesale amounts of cocaine and marijuana from Mexico into Chicago for distribution.
That same day agents seized nearly $4 million in alleged drug money from Madrigal’s organization from a home in the 70 block of North Lincoln in Park Ridge.
Madrigal allegedly continued to run the drug operation while he was in custody, the feds say.
Another roughly $500,000 and a kilo of cocaine were seized Sept. 30 from a home in Philadelphia, the feds say. A gun, thousands of dollars of cash and heroin and cocaine were also taken by the Strike Force in Chicago this week.
In all, $5 million cash was seized.
Many of the defendants face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of a number of drug offenses. Most are due to attend detention hearings in Chicago later this week.
While the case is one of the larger busts in recent years, it pales besides the earlier indictment of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El-Chapo” Guzman-Loera, who was captured in Mexico earlier this year and may one day be brought to Chicago to stand trial.