Officials at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said the arrests were the culmination of a crime-fighting strategy called the “Chicago Initiative,” involving a combination of federal agents and local police targeting the illegal gun trade.
David “Big Dave” Lewisbey , 24, of South Holland was sentenced to 200 months in prison Wednesday for illegally trafficking hundreds of guns from Indiana to Chicago.
A South Side man has been charged with a litany of felonies after a search of his Calumet Heights neighborhood home Monday night yielded illegal firearms, pills, and cash.
“Even with the best policing in the world, without laws that help keep illegal guns off the streets and laws that provide real punishment for the dangerous criminals who carry them, we’ll continue to face an uphill battle,” McCarthy said.
Chicago police say more than 4,200 illegal guns have been taken off the streets so far this year.
Federal prosecutors said David Lewisbey supplied Englewood gun trafficker Levaine Tanksley with most of the 43 guns Tanksley allegedly sold to a federal informant in April.
The City of Chicago is considering an unlikely method of tackling the illegal gun crisis – turning to Twitter.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says Chicago Police take many more guns off the streets than their New York counterparts.
Drew Peterson’s son has been suspended from the Oak Brook police force for the past couple of months, but he is still collecting a paycheck.