The Chicago Police Department says 70 individuals have been arrested and two businesses have been shut down in connection with vice and narcotics busts over five days.
Two police enforcement operations targeted "narcotics activity and individuals that support gang related crime in Chicago" in the Austin, Harris and Lincoln police districts, the department said in a news release. Two businesses "that contribute to criminal activity" were also closed in the enforcement operations, according to CPD.
Fifty-four people were arrested on felony narcotics charges, and seven guns were recovered, during "an anti-violence operation" in the Harrison and Austin districts, according to the department. The enforcement operation occured last Friday into Tuesday.
"The mission aimed to quell recent violence in these districts, as well as an increase in the sale and abuse of 'fentanyl' laced heroin," reads a statement from the police department.
On Monday, the department targeted gang operations in the Lincoln District. Sixteen people were arrested during that operation, including eight documented gang members.
"The Chicago Police Department will continue to relentlessly target gangs in Chicago that are driving the majority of violence in our communities," said Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. "These latest enforcement activities reflect our strategic and proactive policing strategies. Whether it's the sale of drugs, gambling or violence, these criminal organizations will feel the full weight of the Chicago Police Department as we continue the important work of keeping Chicago's streets safe."