42 people now face state or federal narcotics charges for their alleged roles in supplying and distributing heroin around West Grenshaw Street and Independence Boulevard in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. They could face at least 10 years if convicted. Police arrested 33-year-old James Triplett, also known as “Trell,” who was a wholesale supplier and trader of heroin in the area.
Triplett’s suppliers, who authorities identified as 34-year-old Levaughn Collins, also known as “Sweet Bobby,” and his associates would use clear bags or ones with logos of green Playboy bunnies, brown Hershey’s Kisses, orange basketballs, Batman, black pandas, or purple ladies stamped on them.
The arrests came after police discovered a picture taken on June 16th south of the Eisenhower Expressway corridor showing customers lined up around a corner on Chicago’s West Side in broad daylight in hopes of a getting heroin.
On Wednesday morning, police arrested the suspects and confiscated 12 firearms, $50,000 in cash, nearly a half-kilogram of heroin, and more than a half-kilogram of cocaine. They also searched several homes, three alleged stash houses, and seized two vehicles, including a 2014 Maserati GranTurismo.