FBI, police work to break up suburban heroin rings

February 9, 2011 2:44:10 PM PST
Police officers and federal agents are trying to break up two major heroin rings. They arrested 13 people and they're searching for three more.

The rings allegedly operated in or near south suburban Robbins and Harvey, but customers came from a wide area.

All 16 suspects are charged with drug offenses.

Officers are hunting for 24-year-old Resean Ridgner, of Markham, 21-year-old Marcus Gillespie, of Dolton; and 20-year-old Desmond Scott, of Robbins.

"Nearly 500 packets of heroin and over $200,000 in suspected drug proceeds have been recovered, and that may just be the tip of the iceberg," said Mike Kosanovich, assistant special FBI agent in charge. "In a recent report, Chicago was considered to have one of the worst-- if not the worst-- heroin problems in the country."

"I don't think anybody should be deluded that this brings anything to an end. There's more than needs to be done, but this is a model of how we collectively need to work," said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

The task force of law officers was helped by tips and telephone wiretaps.