17 people charged with drug trafficking in ‘Operation Tragic Blow’

14 kilograms of cocaine were seized in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood, and two kilograms of heroin at a high-rise apartment building in the Buena Park neighborhood.

SHARE 17 people charged with drug trafficking in ‘Operation Tragic Blow’
Screen_Shot_2021_04_08_at_1.07.06_PM.png

File photo

Seventeen people have been charged with trafficking heroin and cocaine in Chicago after a years-long investigation by Chicago police and federal officials dubbed “Operation Tragic Blow.”

U.S. Attorney John Lausch announced the charges during a press conference at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse. Among the drugs seized during the operation were 14 kilograms of cocaine in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood and two kilograms of heroin at a high-rise apartment building in the Buena Park neighborhood, officials announced Thursday.

The investigation was led by U.S. Homeland Security officials and Chicago police relying on undercover surveillance, part of a federal task force aimed at high-level drug operations, officials said Thursday.

Many of the 17 suspects were arrested Wednesday and were making initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Two other people are facing state charges from the investigation.

The Latest
The man, 41, was in a car about 1:20 a.m. Saturday when someone in a silver sedan drove by and an occupant opened fire.
Other poll topics: Will Tom Brady play in the NFL again? And who’s more disappointing, last season’s White Sox or this season’s Bulls?
Cuban prospect slashed .314/.371/.524 with 24 home runs over three minor-league levels in 2022.
The USL Championship, where Dean spent the last three seasons, is the second tier of American soccer but hasn’t yet become a pipeline of talent for MLS.