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Chicago Police Accused of Ripping Off Drug Dealers Are Stripped of Their Power

Chicago Police Department squad car.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A nearly yearlong investigation led by the FBI has revealed that several members of a Chicago police gang team ripped off drug dealers of their money and narcotics, law enforcement officials told the Chicago Tribune

A sergeant and at least three officers who are part of the cty’s Area Central gang team have been stripped over their powers as the federal probe continues.

No arrests have been made yet in the case, but authorities expect to bring charges against the police officials.

The investigation, which was triggered by an informant who told federal authorities that he had been robbed by the team, involved an undercover video sting to capture the police in action.

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Fugitive Chicago Cop Captured After 14 Years on the Run

Former Chicago cop Eddie C. Hicks was on the lam since 2003.

Former Chicago cop Eddie C. Hicks was on the lam since 2003.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Chicago police sergeant accused of using bogus search warrants to steal cash, drugs and guns was arrested 14 years after he went on the lam.

Eddie C. Hicks, who failed to show for his court hearing in June 2003, was arrested in Detroit and taken back to Chicago in federal custody, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. 

One of Hicks’ co-defendants, Lawrence Knitter, was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2005.

Federal authorities allege they busted Hicks and others on tape plotting to steal drugs from drug dealers. They are accused of posing as DEA Task Force officers while making traffic stops, and they forged search warrants to raid homes, apartments and hotel rooms.

Hicks, a 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, worked in the narcotics section between 1992 and 1997, when he is accused of stealing from drug dealers.

FBI Warned Chicago Police of Plans by Gang Members to Ambush Officers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A reliable informant warned the FBI of plans to ambush officers in retaliation for the death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot by police.

The Chicago Tribune reports the FBI alerted the Chicago Police Department that officers may be shot with the release of the video of the shooting.

“Violent rhetoric is high,” the FBI wrote in a Nov. 24 email to the Chicago police. “Due to the recent media spotlight on officer-involved deaths of minorities, there is a lot of anger in the neighborhood served by the Chicago Police Department.”

No attacks occurred.

The informant said gang members planned to ambush police outside of the 14h District headquarters on Chicago’s Wet Side.

“In addition to being unarmed and unprotected, these employees will likely be in either small groups or by themselves, which would make them targets of opportunity,” the FBI said. “(Confidential human source) states that shooters may lie-in-wait, and then conduct an ambush.”

2 Suspects Shot in ATF-Chicago Police Operation Involving Illegal Weapons

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two suspects were shot Monday night when the ATF and Chicago police were conducting an operation involving illegal firearms.

The weapons raid occurred around 5 p.m. in Chicago Heights, CBS reports. 

Authorities said at least one law enforcement agent opened fire after a suspect pointed a gun at the investigators.

Officials don’t believe the injuries were life-threatening.

No law enforcement officials were injured.

A third suspect was arrested, and the trio is expected to be criminally charged in federal court.

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Ex-Chicago Cop Pleads Guilty to Crimes Involving Latin Kings Gang

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Another story from the city known for deep dish pizza, hot dogs and public corruption: a former Chicago police officer pleaded guilty Friday to a series of charges involving collusion with the violent Latin Kings street gang.

Antonio C. Martinez Jr., a 40-year-old former Chicago police officer, faces a possible lifetime sentence on charges including racketeering conspiracy; conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana; robbery; and using a firearm while committing the crimes, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

A series of robberies committed between 2004 and 2006 were done under the direction of the Latin Kings, Martinez admitted. He used his status as a police officer to facilitate the robberies, many of which were committed against drug traffickers in the region. He also admitted to picking up and dropping off packages of cocaine multiple times for the gang.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 14.

FBI Steps in After Chicago Police Clear One of Their Own in Shooting of Unarmed Man

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

CHICAGO — The FBI has decided to step in after the Chicago police department cleared a cop who fatally shot an unarmed suspect seven times, NBC Chicago reported.

Officer Gildardo Sierra fired at Flint Farmer in June and then fired some more after Farmer was already shot and lying on his stomach, the station reported. Those extra shots hit him in the back, the station reported.

The station reported that the cop fired 16 times in all, hitting Farmer seven times.

The department ruled the shooting justified homicide, the station reported. Sierra has said he feared for his life and thought Farmer had a gun.

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Chicago Cop Kept DEA From Investigating Trafficker/Informant Who Went on to Play Role in 3 Murders

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Shades of mobster Whitey Bulger?

You might recall that the Boston FBI created one heck of mess when it continually covered for Whitey Bulger, an FBI informant, while he was off killing people and committing other serious crimes. In fact, one of the agents is now behind bars.

Well, in Chicago, drug trafficker Saul Rodriguez, who was a Chicago police informant, has told the feds he was involved in three murders after Chicago cop Glenn Lewellen, who was his handler, talked the DEA out of investigating him in the 1990s, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

He also told the feds that he and Lewellen were partners in crime and ripped off drugs dealers and split millions of dollars in proceeds, the Sun-Times reported.

Rodriguez pleaded guilty last month to federal drug conspiracy charges and has agreed to testify against Lewellen and other defendants, the Sun-Times reported. The information about his crimes was contained in a 188-page document containing juicy evidence prosecutors plan to use against Lewellen and others.

Rodriguez was an informant for Lewellen for years, according to the Sun-Times. Prosecutors said that from 1996 to 2001, the Chicago Police Department paid Rodriguez $807,000 for information leading to seizures of drugs and cash, all the while committing crimes while Lewellen kept him out of prison, the Sun-Times reported.

According to court document, Lewellen persuaded the DEA to stop investigating Rodriguez in 1996 after 154 pounds of marijuana were seized from his Buick by telling the DEA an investigation of Rodriguez would harm ongoing cases, the Sun-Times reported. Rodriguez was subsequently involved in the murders of three people in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Lewellen retired in 2002 to become a homebuilder. But in 2006, even after leaving the department “he still managed to obstruct a separate DEA investigation of Rodriguez,” by telling Rodriguez not to talk to a drug courier whose phone was tapped, the Sun-Times reports.

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Off-Duty Dep. Marshal Shoots Gun-Wielding Man in Chicago

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty deputy U.S. marshal shot and wounded a gun-wielding man on Chicago’s Northwest side on Friday night, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The Trib reported that two off-duty deputy U.S. Marshals spotted a 20-year-old man with a gun chasing someone. They approached with their guns drawn and identified themselves, a Chicago Police spokesman said.

When the man turned around with the gun in hand, one of the deputy U.S. Marshals opened fire, striking the man in the upper thigh, the Trib reported. The man was in serious to critical condition over the weekend.