13 more arrests made in ‘Operation Dirty Ice’ drug-trafficking investigation on the West Side

Clifton Coleman was the alleged ringleader of an organization that distributed heroin at two intersections in Austin, according to prosecutors.

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More than a dozen people were arrested in the second phase of a drug trafficking investigation, authorities announced July 14, 2020.

More than a dozen people were arrested in the second phase of a drug trafficking investigation, authorities announced July 14, 2020.

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Thirteen new arrests have been made in the second phase of “Operation Dirty Ice,” a drug-trafficking investigation on Chicago’s West Side.

Clifton “Big Homie” Coleman, 45, of Westchester, is accused of leading a trafficking organization operating out of Austin, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago. Coleman is charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

Authorities seized three kilograms of heroin, 500 grams of crack cocaine, about $1.1 million cash, five handguns and a rifle in a search of homes in the neighborhood, prosecutors said.

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The organization allegedly obtained and distributed 800 to 1,000 grams of heroin in Chicago each week, prosecutors said. They used two stash houses to mix the drugs with other substances, including sleeping pills.

Officers saw them conducting multiple hand-to-hand sales near the intersections of Chicago and Lavergne avenues and Chicago and Pine avenues, prosecutors said.

Twelve other people were arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, prosecutors said.

  • Tarrance “Squeak” Watson, 45, of Bellwood;
  • Keith “Keke” Moore, 49, of Oak Park;
  • Bernard “Sammy” Rowsey, 42, of Chicago;
  • Rodney “Twinn” Rowsey, 41, of Chicago;
  • Charles “Chuck” Armstrong,” 55, of Chicago;
  • Dexter “Dex” Jones, 48, of Chicago;
  • Vernon “Vito” Edwards, 49, of Chicago;
  • Laveric “Lil Vito” Dawson, 36, of Chicago;
  • Eric “Easy” Bernard, 53, of Chicago;
  • Kenneth “Kenny” Bowdry, 57, of Chicago;
  • Bryan “Bboy” Landfair, 58, of Chicago and
  • Morris “Moose” Simmons, 59, of Chicago.

Twelve people were arrested during the first phase of “Operation Dirty Ice” in 2018.

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