Reporting Mike Krauser
CHICAGO (WBBM/STMW) – Chicago Police and federal agents investigating methamphetamine distribution on the Southwest Side made a huge bust last weekend, arresting three men and seizing more than $5 million in narcotics in Archer Heights.
The Chicago Police Narcotics Unit and U.S. DEA agents were investigating narcotics trafficking in Chicago and the suburbs and on Friday, officers observed the delivery of about two pounds of meth in an alley near 4400 S. Komensky Ave., a police release said.
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That initial quantity was valued at nearly $300,000, but officers and agents later confiscated a total of 38 pounds of meth with an estimated street value of more than $5.6 million over the weekend.
Three suspects were charged with narcotics offenses and their vehicles seized on Friday, the release said.
Gabriel Gomes, 25, of the 4400 block of South Komensky was charged with methamphetamine delivery and possession of methamphetamine. He was ordered held on $5,000 cash bond.
Jose Mejia, 38, of the 9700 block of S. Avenue L was charged with methamphetamine delivery and ordered held on $15,000 bond. Cesar Ortiz, 32, of Mount Pleasant, Texas, was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Court information on Ortiz was not immediately available.