Monday, November 21, 2016

Uptown Drug Sweep Puts Dozens Behind Bars

There could be a lot of vacancies in Uptown public housing before too long.

Branham, Claxton, and Collins
Crump, Kandoni, and Nance
Pierre, Rivera, and Sheffield
Simmons, B Williams, and L Williams
Source: Chicago Police Dept
A Chicago police undercover narcotics sweep resulted in 35 arrests across Uptown over the past week, according to a new press release.

We have been able to identify 12 of the arrestees and their home addresses.

We know there are plenty of less-fortunate folks who don’t sell crack who could benefit from these arrests.

Among the 35 charged are:

• Sidney Branham, 53 of West Ridge, is charged with manufacture-delivery of crack cocaine near a school or park in Uptown.

• Williams Claxton, 49, says he lives at the federally-registered non-profit Preston Bradley Center. He’s charged with is charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near school or park

• Daniel Collins, 57, who lives in a federally-underwritten apartment at Mercy Housing in Uptown, is accused of selling crack cocaine to an undercover officer on September 23. Prosecutors charged him with possession of a Schedule I or II narcotic near a school or park.

• Brianna Crump, 23, lists her address as the office of ONE Northside, a community action group that specializes in organizing community protests.  She's charged with three counts of manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a park or school for allegedly selling crack cocaine to undercover officers in Uptown on September 9, September 21, and September 28.

• Jesaja Kandoni, 58, who also lives at the federal non-profit Preston Bradley Center in Uptown, is charged with selling crack cocaine to an undercover officer on September 20. He’s charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a park or school.

• Ja Ton Nance, 51, who lives at a Heartland Alliance affordable housing center in Uptown, is charged with selling four Xanax to an undercover officer for $20 on September 16 and selling a rock of crack to another undercover officer for $20 on October 19. She is facing two counts of manufacture-delivery of narcotics near a park or school.

• Serge Pierre, 47, says he lives in a newly-converted flat in the 1000 block of West Lawrence. He’s charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a park or school.

• Blas Rivera, 43, who lives in a CHA building in the 4900 block of North Sheridan,  is charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a park or school and is also facing extradition to Wisconsin on a warrant.

• Gerald Sheffield, 56, of the 800 block of West Barry in Lakeview is charged with three counts of manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a park or school. Prosecutors say he sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer in Uptown on October 4 and again on October 5 and October 11.

• Cordell Simmons, 28, of the 7100 block of South Wood in Englewood, is charged with two counts of manufacture-delivery of Schedule IV narcotics near a park or school. Prosecutors say he sold 10 Xanax pills to an undercover officer for $20 on September 14.

• Bolleria Williams, 50, who lives in “housing for the homeless” in the 900 block of West Wilson, is charged with three counts of manufacture-delivery of Schedule IV narcotics near a park or school

• Larry Williams, 59, who lives at a care center in the 4500 block of North Hazel, is charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near school or park

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47 comments:

  1. Wait, so my taxpaying dollars get to pay for their public housing, and they sell crack / narcotic drugs near schools and parks? If that's the case, I'd rather just have my tax dollars pay for them to sit in prison.

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  2. Nice to know that subsidized housing is being properly screened and going to deserving people;

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    1. It isn't. I worked at one of the places mentioned here.

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  3. [looking through the photo montage]
    This is your brain on drugs.
    No....THIS is your brain on drugs.
    Wait....THIS is your brain on drugs.
    Hold on....THAT's your brain on drugs for sure.
    Whoa......

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  4. Geez not a looker in the bunch

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    1. Did you expect crackhead to be lookers?

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  5. So much for following the golden rule from Scarface "Don't Get High on Your Own Supply"...

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  6. My understanding of the recent history of Uptown is that one of the two former aldermen/women went on a selling spree of apartment buildings and received major kickbacks for handing the buildings over to phony non-profit organizations that seek grants and high perks (much like CoH), thus landing the bureaucrats in trouble with the FBI. I have no idea what their punishments were (a slap on the wrist and a lifetime yearly six-figure pension?), but their corrupt imprint on Uptown remains, explaining why it looks like the set of a zombie holocaust movie on a good day. About half of Uptown's residences live in half-way houses, drug rehabs centers, low-income housing, SROs, youth shelters, and apartments for the mentally/physically handicapped. Can anyone elucidate on Uptown's tarnished history regarding the alders' roles? Thanks.

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  7. Making room for all the bums living under LSD!

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  8. All one has to do is sit on the Sunnyside Mall or at the CPC on Magnolia to see open sales. We need foot patrols and officers on bikes to prevent more children from coercion and induction into the drug trade. Crump threatened me with bodily harm while I did positive loitering at the CPC. When called, CPD wouldn't get out of their car to apprehend her as she walked away-with drugs on her-a year ago. Yes, I went to the station to file a complaint! No action.

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    1. If you better believe they see it. they don't want to do the paper work and cappleman wants the people to call the police!!! really why they do nothing take an hour to come and than tell you its nothing they can do because they did not see the transaction themselves. if your getting help on rent or free housing you should have to take random drug test. its not fair that they can get high, sell their meds and other drugs and live off of the hardworking people.making those that need the assistance look bad its crazy. and a lot of them get SSI. so instead of worrying if the lady on stamps is buying pop for her kids how about you focus on if the people on ssi is on drugs.

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    2. As a CPD Officer let me tell you that we are not allowed to stop her just because you said to. You can thank the ACLU and the DOJ for that. Thats why most of us dont live anywhere near there. Thank your Alderman and all of the City Counsel for that.

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    3. Shocking......just shocking.
      And with Mr Social Work on the case too?????
      I dare say, you must be mistaken. Kidding perhaps.
      No such shenanigans could possibly be afoot in such a well-managed community.
      I know that for certain. The aldermen tell me so.

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    4. If you are really a CPD Officer you should probably know the law better. If someone threatens a person with bodily harm, you have every right, and it's your duty, to stop them. If someone is openly soliciting drugs in the street, you have every right to stop them. You may not have the right to detain or arrest them, but you can certainly exit your vehicle to assess the situation and determine if there is probable cause for a search or arrest.

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    5. As another CPD officer I can tell you if someone alleges a crime (threatening bodily harm) the officer CAN stop the person for investigation... provided the accusing person is willing to sign complaints...

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  9. This is the kind of fucking scum that Alderman Cappleman ("Mr. Social Work") wants us all to have as neighbors. I think they should all move in with him.

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    1. Seems about right to me. Then he can pay for it too.

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  10. I guess Brianna takes her community activism so seriously that she brings a high to the community. Looks like she'll be the next organizer of the people in tents blocking the via duct.

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  11. You all do understand that drug dealing may be the only way for people who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness to minimally survive, right? These folks, elderly, broken-down, beaten-looking only inspire ridicule and hatred from you? And instead of helping folks with addiction or mental or physical illness we're gonna spend WAY more money to lock them up? Great plan.

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    1. You do realize that drug dealing is illegal and that it eases the way for others to enter into the "minimally surviving lifestyle," right?

      Also, why do you understimate these people's potential. Sounds like you may be classist and racist to think that they are unable to do more.

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    2. Anonymous- Why do you think a person would choose to sell drugs if they had the potential to make a legal living wage?

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    3. Because it is easy and they have no responsibilities. Their life is subsidized, allowing them to live in housing and eat for virtually nothing.

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  12. it'll take two years before those apartments are made available-assuming they're convicted

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  13. SO friggin' GLAD I just got a new gig and I don't have to work in Uptown anymore! A number of those lovely faces are "regulars" who infest the social service agencies. Of course, these agencies talk about "empowering" these people, but they are actually enabling their clients' continued squalid behaviors...

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  14. Background checks? BACKGROUND CHECKS? We don't need no stinking Background checks. We get money from Uncle Sugar to house these alley rats. What they do on their own time is none of our business. Is there a lottery for their vacant apartments?

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  15. 2nd row middle red shirt used to hang out by the bodega on Broadway and Buckingham. He was busted for stealing from a garage last year.
    I agree about foot patrols. Good luck with that, the Cops are driving from call to call and no time for any proactive policing.

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  16. Ah another member of the Crump family engaging in felonious activities!

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  17. I am glad to see that the community that is leaving posts is happy with the results of the arrests. A few month back people were complaining that the arrests were a waste of time and money and won't make a difference.

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  18. How many times do these undercover officers have to purchase drugs from individuals to prosecute them? I would guess once, but appears many of them were repeat customers. Maybe that helps with a stiffer sentence, like court supervision? That Brady Bunch grid is poster worthy.

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  19. I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but since Rahm Emanuel has been on the 5th floor, this city's traffic has been complete gridlock. The reason? It seems to be twofold. First: Rahm has dismantled the Department of Streets and Sanitation to the point that every project that normally fell under the realm of the city has been taken over by outside contractors. While that might sound like a boon when he and his suburbanite peons spout numbers of the number of streets being resurfaced, the fact is that these outside contractors communicate nothing to SOS, and rip up roads ad hoc. Further, because they rip these things ad hoc and have been given carte blance by the midget on the 5th, nothing anywhere has been cross-checked. So, while you have the Jane Byrne project going, you also have the teardown of the Western over-pass, Logan Boulevard, entire swaths of the West Side (Sacramento is being torn up by People's and the Like), Elston, Fullerton, et al. All of this within a tiny little area of people. And so, because all of this is going on, you have traffic jams and the time it takes to get from anywhere to anywhere, well, it's horrific. Top that off with resurfacing on Damen, and all of the other nonsense, where developers rip things up, without permits, and you have an absolute nightmare on your hands.

    This is all in addition to all of the projects going on everywhere else. All of the projects that have not been thought out. All of the things, like the Laquan McDonald tapes that were withheld so that little Rahm Wilmette Emanuel could remain the Mayor. I know that a lot of you guys think that Dart or Preckwinkle would be a bad choice, but tell me why? This little fucker in the chair on the 5th is much, much worse. He has truly made this city a worse place, from his lying about police hirings to his encouragement of citizens to engage their anger toward the CPD. He truly is the devil, and an inept one at that.

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    1. Huh?? WTF does this have to do with a drug sweep and arrests? You know, like, the focus of this article?

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    2. If you do not understand the torrent of criminals unleashed on this city by Preckwinkle, Foxxxx and Dart, and why that pales in comparison to inconvenient road repairs....may I respectfully suggest that you not vote at all.

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  20. I wish I had had some warning before seeing those horrific photos. I can't unsee them now. I want to jab sharp pencils into my own eyes.

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  21. That looks like a page out of the yearbook for Fugly High.

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  22. Our tax dollars are being used to house these fucking criminals! Rahm and Preckwinkle and Cappelman and Tunney and the whole tribe of Democrat panderers expect all of us who work for a living to support these scumbags. Believe me, if they are kicked out into the street, they will eventually go away because it will be too cold to stay.

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    1. Guess what, if they go to jail you'll be paying even more for them.

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  23. Everyone needs a roof over their head. Drug addiction is a horrible thing to face and we don't have even close to enough addiction treatment centers or community mental health treatment.

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  24. A picture is worth a thousand words. Twelve reasons why never to vote for incumbents or the same party over and over.

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  25. Thanks for the great reporting on this. The residents and neighbors need to know about this activity, including the perps' "home" addresses. And a big shout out to the Chicago Police Dept. for their efforts on our behalf.

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  26. Thank you Anonymus @7:44 and the Anonymus CPD officer too! Let's hope Ald Social Work will not post with a pumpkin pie on FB this week!

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  27. The guy in the middle 2nd to bottom row, looks like he could be Billy Zanes less fortunate brother.

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  28. I have a legit question: Does being grotesquely ugly lead to a life of crime and debauchery, or does living a life of crime and debauchery lead to being grotesquely ugly?

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  29. Hate the crime, don't hate the criminals. They will be released one day from prison and we need them to become productive citizens. Now what are your ideas about that?

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