Chicago gun violence has become commonplace reporting nearly every weekend but over the past 72 hours, a different scenario for bodies been dropped has surfaced.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Chicago Police Department joined forces to search the city’s West Side for the culprits behind selling bad batches of heroin and reportedly nabbed a couple of gang members who were responsible.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Alfonzo Sylvester, 24, and Mario Wofford, 26, sold an undercover cop $720 worth of heroin on the West Side this past Friday morning. By the afternoon, authorities had reported 74 heroin overdose cases, with at least one of those cases believed to be fatal, in a three-day span.
Wofford was arrested later that day and charged with possession with intent to deliver. He was held on a $10,000 signature bond on the drug charge because he had no history of violent crimes. Sylvester was arrested Saturday on charges for possession of heroin with the intent to deliver and aggravated fleeing and eluding police, which both constitute as felonies.
During the street pharmaceutical sale transaction, federal agents and police recovered two plastic bags and several blue zip-lock plastic bags containing a white powdery substance that was believed to be heroin. Chicago police have said the reasoning for the heroin overdoses may have a result of the drugs being laced with fentanyl, an extremely powerful painkiller.
According to prosecutors, Sylvester later admitted to selling drugs to the undercover officer. He is expected back in court on October 21.
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