Police shut down South Side drug market

Chicago Police shut down an open-air drug market in the Englewood neighborhood, they announced Wednesday.

The market, in the 6500 block of S. Normal Boulevard, was operated by members of the Black Disciples street gang, police said.

Seven arrests were made over the course of last week, and two additional suspects remain at large.  

The arrests were the culmination of a two-month investigation dubbed "Operation Aconite," in which officers utilized video surveillance and undercover narcotics purchases to gather evidence.  Nineteen buys were made by the department's Narcotics and Gang Investigation Section, resulting in the purchase of 19.6 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $2,940.

Police initiated the investigation on April 4 after receiving numerous complaints from community members, including employees of nearby schools.

Besides drug sales, the Operation Aconite focused on random violence and other crimes committed by the gang members, including armed robbery and the theft of a spare tire from one of the police surveillance vehicles.  Dytrystan Dawson and Oscar Turner were charged with armed robbery.  Oscar Davis and Terry Haygood were charged in connection with the tire theft.

Arrested and charged with criminal drug conspiracy were:

Andre Thomas, 24
Dwight Davis, 43
Reginald William, 45
Sherrivon Pryor, 42
Sanford Dudley, 40
Patrick Young, 27
Dennis Green, 19

Police are seeking two additional people: Tietia Slater, 33, and L.T. Ivy, 42.