(AP) — The use of a new Illinois racketeering law has resulted in the arrest of dozens of members of a West Side Chicago street gang.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced Thursday racketeering and conspiracy charges were filed against 23 defendants who are primarily top leaders and members of the Black Souls street gang. She said 18 additional suspects are charged with drug offenses and other crimes as a result of the investigation, dubbed “Operation 40 Cal.”
Authorities say the reputed leader of the gang, Cornel Dawson, was captured on recordings saying he warned younger Black Souls not to snitch, adding he suspected he was under investigation for murder.
Prosecutors accused the gang in at least six killings, including one highlighting the gang’s use of violence as a disciplinary tool.