55 People Charged in Connection with Drug Trafficking Ring Between U.S., Mexico

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 8:48 AM PT — Thurs. June 14, 2018

Dozens of people in the Chicago area are facing drug charges in connection with a case involving Mexico and Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, officials announced 55 people have been taken into custody, following an investigation in what police call ‘Operation Full Circle.’

Of those arrested, seven are being charged federally, while 48 others are being indicted under Illinois law.

Officials say 60-year-old Krzysztof Rak led a drug trafficking group in Mexico, and worked a with a Wisconsin courier to sell mass amounts of fentanyl as well as other narcotics in Chicago.

John Lausch, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)

“More than two kilos of heroin were recovered during the course of the operation, a kilo of fentynal, which – as you know – is a particularly troubling drug to see on the streets, 300 pounds of marijuana and, as the superintendent mentioned, 17 firearms were seized during the course of the investigation, including three rifles,” stated U.S. Attorney John Lausch.

Several defendants are set to be appear in court for their hearings next week.