Friday, April 8, 2011

OPERATION 438 CHICAGO POLICE POURING KOOLAID & HIS GANG DOWN THE DRAIN

Koolaid also owns this restaurant at Laramie & Lake, which authorities may seek to seize as fruit of an illegal enterprise.
    On March 15, Chicago Police Gang Investigations Unit officers, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area agents, and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office climaxed a 14-month ongoing Criminal Drug conspiracy investigation with the arrest of notorious druglord Kevin Shorter, aka Koolaid, and 14 members of his gang. Police called the mission OPERATION 438 for the numeric abbreviation for the 4 Corner Hustlers Street Gang – 4CH. Shorter and his henchmen are allegedly active members of the 4 Corner Hustlers.
    During the course of this investigation, undercover officers conducted numerous purchases of cocaine and marijuana in the area of North Avenue to Bloomingdale Avenue and Long Avenue to Leclaire Avenue in North Austin. Police used a variety of investigative techniques to gather evidence substantiating charges of Felony Criminal Drug Conspiracy, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of Cannabis, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon against arrested offenders.    OPERATION 438 targeted the cocaine distribution network run predominantly by members of the 4 Corner Hustlers on Chicago’s West Side. During the course of the investigation, police officers learned that Kevin Shorter used a source of supply for the cocaine and marijuana – Lekendrick Richards – a California resident. Richards frequently shipped quantities of cocaine and marijuana to Shorter via UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. The bulk quantities of the drugs were sold to individuals who then repackaged them in smaller street-level quantities and sold them throughout Chicago neighborhoods.
    During this 14-month ongoing investigation, police executed four search warrants seizing 594 grams of powder cocaine with an estimated street value of $74,250; 570 grams of crack cocaine worth $70,048; 1,477 grams of cannabis with an estimated street value of $23,641; and four firearms.
    On March 15, police officers executed four additional search warrants, recovering 1,010.6 grams of cannabis with an estimated street value of $15,136; approximately 16 grams of heroin with an estimated value of $2,400; four more handguns; seized four vehicles; and arrested 15 individuals, including Shorter.
    Conducting OPERATION 438 for the Chicago Police Department Gang Investigations Unit are officers under the command of Lieutenant Scott Dedore, Lieutenant Eric Washington (now interim 11th District Commander), Commander Joe Gorman, and Sergeant Joseph Brennan.
    Shorter grew up on the 1600-block of Latrobe Avenue and recruited teenagers in the neighborhood to his drug enterprise. He purchased a building on the south side of North Avenue, opening a beauty salon called Hype Hair and using the apartments above it to house his drug dealers. Recently, he took ownership of a fast-food restaurant at Lake Street & Laramie Avenue called Season N Salt. Authorities tell THE VOICE they may take action to seize these under the Gang & Drug House Ordinance as being part of his criminal enterprise. Several years ago, when THE VOICE reported that Drug Enforcement agents and Chicago Police were investigating Shorter, he and his henchmen threatened to kill the staff of THE VOICE Newspapers.



OFFENDERS CHARGED AS PART OF OPERATION 438 
(AND POTENTIAL SENTENCES IF CONVICTED)


 •    KEVIN Koolaid SHORTER, 3748 W. Eastwood Avenue,
    Criminal Drug Conspiracy (9-40 years – IDOC)
 •    SAM Black CAIN, 1754 N. Lorel Avenue,
    Criminal Drug Conspiracy (9-40 years – IDOC)
 •    DARYL D4 HARRIS, 5160 W. Wabansia Avenue,
    Criminal Drug Conspiracy (9-40 years – IDOC)
 •    LEKENDRICK RICHARDS, Los Angeles, California,
    Criminal Drug Conspiracy (9-40 years – IDOC)
 •    RON HARRIS, 5160 W. Wabansia Avenue,
    Delivery of Cannabis (2-5 years – IDOC)
 •    EDDIE KNIGHTEN, 906 N. Kildare Avenue, Possession of
    Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute (6-30 years – IDOC)
 •    ANTAVIOUS Tavi MURPH, 5500 W. Gladys Avenue,
    Delivery of Controlled Substance (9-40 years – IDOC)
 •    DAVID FLEMING, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Possession of
    Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute (9-40 years – IDOC)
 •    SHAWN SHERMAN, Franklin Park, Illinois, Possession of
    Controlled Substance (1-3 years – IDOC)
 •    ANTUAN Scotty ALMON, 2834 W. Walnut Street,
    Possession of Controlled Substance (4-15 years – IDOC)
 •    JOHN MACON 18 N. Lockwood Avenue, Possession of
    Controlled Substance (1-3 years – IDOC)
 •    DERICK MITCHELL, 4333 W. Cortez Avenue, Possession of
    Controlled Substance (6-30 years – IDOC)
 •    A. WILKERSON, 5013 W. Bloomingdale Avenue,
    Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon (2-4 years – IDOC)
 •    LASHAWN CAIN, 1754 N. Lorel Avenue,
    Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon (2-4 years – IDOC)
 •    WILLIE WILLIAMS, 1748 N. Lorel Avenue,
    Unlawful Use of a Weapon, No FOID (Up to 1 year – IDOC)

Kevin Shorter, aka Koolaid, owns this building on North Ave., and police say he is still housing his drug dealing crew in the apartments. Authorities say they may seek to seize the building under the Gang & Drug House Ordinance.

9 comments:

  1. I READ THIS ARTICLE AND I KNOW A FEW OF THESE MEN LISTED PERSONALLY AND HALF OF THIS ARTICLE IS TRUE, IM NOT STANDING UP FOR THESE MEN BECAUSE THEIR ACTIONS, IF YOU LOOK DEEP INTO THE BACKGROUND OF THESE MEN YOU WOULD SEE THEY DID ALOT OF STUPID MOVES TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR FAMILY AND ITS NOT LEGIT REASON BUT WHEN YOU ARE A CONVICTED FELON ITS HARD TO BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR GOOD JOBS.......BUT IM GOING TO PRAY FOR THESE YOUNG MEN AND PUT IT IN GOD'S HANDS AND HOPEFULLY THEY WOULD GET A SECOND CHANCE ON LIFE AND TO CORRECT THEIR MISTAKES AND HELP OTHERS WHO ARE FOLLOWING IN FOOTSTEPS

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  2. Only 2-4 years for those caught with weapons?

    If the mayor and city council and state reps and senators are serious about handgun violence they should pass new laws that enact a minimum 10 year sentence that cannot be plea bargained down.

    Only 2-4 years for those caught with weapons? It should be way more than 2-4 years if we're serious about stopping CRIMINALS from committing violaence with handguns.


    Florida's laws have it so that if someone commits a robbery or assault with a firarm - it's 10 years no way around it, no plea bargaining, no time off for "good behavior" - now that's serious.

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  3. you would be the same person i see buying a hand gun once something happens to you or your family members. you cant judge them what if one of them just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time you dont know what these men are dealing with at home so who are you to talk about how many years they should get.there are so many crooked police out here these days who's to say they havent been set up and are giving 10 years so you need to think outside the box before you just judge someone. Remember there is only one real judge who is god and thats not you

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  4. ^ This kind of attitude keeps gun-carrying drug pushers on the streets.

    Do you realize that the people charged with weapons violations are already CONVICTED FELONS? Hanging out in a drug lab and packing a gun is not the best way to try to put your life back together.

    One of the biggest problems we face in the community are community residents who are tolerant of gun-violence and drug dealing.

    Crooked cops? Very rare compared to the thousands (literally thousands) of honest hard working Chicago police officers who are trying to protect law abiding innocent citizens of the city from predators like Koolaid and his drug-pushers.

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  5. Lekendrick Richards is a good dude....Free Lekendrick ASAP!!!!!

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  6. Lekendrick Richards is a good dude?

    This is why this neighborhood is doomed, there are people who live here who actually think Lekendrick Richards is a good dude.

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  7. There are some programs that will take in people who have felony backgrounds, train them, provide a stipend and help them to get good jobs, the only thing is that they have to be willing to change their lives, work hard and commit. I admit, there are not enough of these programs around, but there are some.

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  8. kevin shorter is one of the most intelligent people I know, its a setup, don't forget innocent until proven guilty

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