Chicago police arrests dozens in pre-Memorial Day raids

CHICAGO — Chicago police say dozens of people suspected of participating in gang-related crimes have been arrested as part of anti-violence efforts ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Police say in a statement officers were joined by agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in “precision raids” that started Thursday and continued Friday.

As of 4 a.m. Friday, Chicago police report:

  • 71 individuals have been arrested (charges pending)
  • 13 weapons have been seized
  • 7 search warrants executed
  • 2 vehicles seized
  • $55,650.00 in US currency seized
  • 1 business closed

Officers also raided a child daycare facility suspected of being used as a stash house for guns. Four guns and ammunition were seized. No children were at the facility.

The raids come as more than 1,000 extra officers are set to hit the streets to help stem the surge in violence that typically accompanies long holiday weekends in Chicago.