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Alleged gang members charged with gun and drug offenses

After a two-year investigation, it was reported on May 26 that several dozen members of a Chicago gang known as the South Side street gang or the Gangster Two-Six Nation street gang were taken into custody on multiple charges. The charges included drug and weapons trafficking charges.

The investigation, called Operation Bunny Trap, began in November 2014. Officers went undercover to purchase drugs and guns from street gang members. One purchase took place in January at a grocery store parking lot in Chicago. The probe resulting in a seizure that netted about 118 guns, several of which were shotguns and assault rifles. Authorities also seized 25 rounds of ammunition, cocaine, crystal meth and fentanyl.

Chicago police said that most of the criminal activity associated with the gang occurred on the South and Southwest Sides of Chicago. Those who were charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a felon could potentially face a maximum of 10 years in prison if they are convicted.

Those who are convicted on drug charges could face a variety of serious legal consequences, including prison, fines and probation. They will also have the conviction show up on their record, making it difficult for them to obtain employment or qualify for loans once they are released. A criminal law attorney could create a strong defense depending on the particular charges and set of circumstances in an accused person's case. The attorney may seek to have the evidence suppressed, especially if the authorities illegally obtained that evidence through an unlawful search and seizure.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Nearly 50 Members Of Two-Six Gang Arrested On Drug, Weapons Charges", May 26, 2017

Source: South Side Patch, "Hundreds Of Guns Seized In South Side Street Gang Investigation", Joe Vince, May 26, 2017

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