Gang Member To Newspaper: Police Are Serious About Crackdown

CHICAGO (CBS) — A high-ranking member of a Northwest Side gang says a police crackdown has paralyzed the gang and sharply cut into its drug sales.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports,in an exclusive interview with reporter Frank Main in the Chicago Sun-Times, the anonymous member of the Maniac Latin Disciples said the gang’s turf on the city’s Northwest Side has become like the Bermuda Triangle.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

He told Main that the minute a gang member drives around the area of Barry and Spaulding avenues, he gets “sucked in (by the police).”

The Maniac Latin Disciples attracted special attention from police after an incident in June of last year, when a member of the gang opened fire in Avondale Park, in the 3500 block of West School Street, and wounded two young girls – Jocelyn Rodriguez, 7, and a 2-year-old girl.

The alleged gunman, Antonio Bucio, 22, was charged with aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the shooting. He allegedly shot at some members of the rival Latin Kings who were playing basketball in the park, but instead hit the little girls as they played in the sandbox.

Following the shooting, police Supt. Garry McCarthy vowed to “obliterate” the Maniac Latin Disciples.

The alleged gang member told the Sun-Times McCarthy’s remarks were far from an idle threat. Speaking to Main, he compared the attention now being devoted toward the Maniac Latin Disciples to Al Capone being declared Public Enemy No. 1.

The Sun-Times reported more than 1,800 members of the gang have been arrested since June, and 24 guns and over 100 cars have been seized. They have stopped gang members on the street more than 1,100 times, the newspaper reported.

All the police attention has kept members off streetcorners where they sell drugs, and has kept other gang members from moving in.

But the gang member says while the Maniac Latin Disciples have been ordered to keep violence to a minimum, they still feel they have to carry guns for self-defense, the Sun-Times reported.

  • tom sharp

    One gang down, 35 to go … See the Blog on 7 dead and 18 wounded in weekend shootings!

  • Gregory S. Clark

    Add a couple more to the unemployment roll call!

  • Calvin

    Wait, those guys carry guns? I thought that was illegal.

  • GO Southside

    BOOWHOO, The po po are cracking down on our drug sales A$$ O. Are you kidding me. you and your gang are lucky SOB’s that you are not in jail. or better off dead.

  • tony

    i like thier hoodrat girlfriends

    • Jim

      Why? Are you into AIDS, clamytia, and the smell of rotten fish???

  • Malcom

    why aren’t gangs treated as domestic terrorists? oh wait because they aren’t WHITE.

  • Afro

    Don’t worry as soon as the feds leave it will start back up.

  • franz

    I would sure hate to be the dude in jail that caused all this

    Poor fellow is probably fearing for his life every waking minute

  • tony

    Im sure the liberals will address this issue.preckwinkle wants to empty the jail so im sure Tom dart will let these CPS Students out for the summer

  • Chivi

    Who the heck are these guys!! Why not go after the big fish!! Get all of them!! Informant?? What a guppie.

  • Jim Turner

    Uh oh, the ACLU isn’t going to like this

  • dooky

    How comical. W T F?

    A punk gangster complaining to a chicago newspaper about the crackdown’s effect on their own drug sales.

    Im sure there is some chico baptist neanderthal preacher who can sympathize with his brother-en neanderthal gangster

  • FedUpWithStupid

    Hopefully to disappear and never return.

  • Afro

    I’m sure this was one of the Aldermen calling in just to make the puppet master look good, it’s all propaganda you can be sure of that.

  • Not falling for it

    Who are they trying to kid? The cops aren’t making a dent in anything. Just look at the daily killings. Go blow smoke up someone else’s butt.

    • Mr. Justice

      @ Not Falling For It…………. I agree with you. I believe this “informant” was a plant whose goal was to make us believe that Rahm and his goof balls are really making a difference. It’s all smoke and mirrors.

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  • Jesse Jackson

    they should give all those guns back to the people they robbed them from.

  • Jesse Jackson

    Catch these punks and deport their entire family their parents know whats going on.ITS PART OF THEIR CULTURE

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