Four Chicago men allegedly involved in a large heroin dealing ring have been arrested on the West Side, near the border with Oak Park.
One suspect allegedly had more than 100 separate foil packets containing nearly 74 grams of heroin, police told Pioneer Press.
Arrested were: Raynell Davis, 24, of the 1300 block South Tripp; Demarcus Moore, 27, of the first block of North Waller; Colran D. Bates, 26, of the first block of North Parkside; and Darrell Lipscomb, 49, of the 1100 block of South Sacramento
A seven-month undercover investigation had identified three of the suspects, police said. Undercover officers assigned to the West Suburban Enhanced Directed Gang Enforcement task force then conducted a series of controlled heroin purchases from the three, while the Investigative Unit of the Cook County State's Attorney assisted in collecting evidence for prosecution.
The officers made more than 15 purchases, ranging from two grams to 22 grams of heroin.
The investigation culminated Thursday with the arrest of Davis, Moore and Bates. During the arrests, Lipscomb, who had not been identified previously, was found in possession of more than 100 separate foil packets containing nearly 74 grams of heroin.
All four were charged with criminal drug conspiracy, a Class X felony that carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison.