The city’s war on drugs scored a major victory last week, shutting down major players in a heroin market on the city’s West Side that authorities say yielded $10,000 a day.
Federal and state authorities busted a massive drug ring Aug. 11, capping an investigation that yielded hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and thousands of grams of heroin. The case centered on members of the New Breeds street gang in Chicago.
Kyle Morris of Oak Park, 36, was arrested on the 1600 block of Highland in Berwyn on May 27, after police pulled him over following a suspected drug deal. Officers found 99.3 grams of heroin with him.
Authorities said Morris was buying the drugs wholesale from another gang.
“Yeah, I need it [heroin]. I’m ready to bump into [suspect Brandon Richards, a dealer] whenever,” Morris told New Breeds gang leader Dana Bostic during a wiretapped phone conversation before the deal, according to the complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney.
“Oh, OK, uh, I’m finna tell him to go get it ready for your ass,” Bostic replied, according to the complaint.
Morris later told authorities he was a member of the Sniper Four Corner Hustlers. After his arrest, he told authorities he would give them information on guns in exchange for being spared jail time. With Morris’ information, officers found four handguns stored in the gangway of a home in Austin located on Laramie near Madison.
Several of the transactions described in the complaint occurred in neighboring Oak Park as well, mostly south of the Eisenhower on residential streets, or in parking lots of businesses on Roosevelt Road. Locations mentioned include: the 1000 block of South Taylor, Fair Share Foods at 6226 Roosevelt, and Walgreens at 6412 Roosevelt.
One of the biggest arrests in the case was of Erik Guevara of Forest Park, 27. Federal authorities accuse him of running the drug-trafficking organization that supplied heroin to the New Breeds and others. During a traffic stop three weeks ago, police and federal agents seized a drive shaft from the back of a Jeep Cherokee driven by Guevara. They reportedly opened it and found almost 17 pounds of heroin hidden inside.
Police searched Guevara’s home at 1509 S. Marengo in Forest Park on Aug. 11 and found more than $100,000 in cash hidden in a compartment in the basement.
Guevara lived at that home with another defendant, Rickey Ruiz, 19, who was allegedly Guevara’s sidekick.
Guevara, Ruiz, Bostic and Richards-along with 20 other federal defendants-have been charged with federal conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 grams of heroin. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and a maximum of life in prison and a fine of $4 million.
Morris and one other federal defendant have been charged with narcotics possession, a lesser charge with a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of $2 million.