Chicago police and federal agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested as many as 35 people in an early morning drug bust on August 7. Among those arrested was Johny “Goo” Herndon, 55, (photographed left) the head of a substantial West Side drug empire and leader of a faction of the Gangster Disciples street gang. Herndon’s territory spanned the 300 block of South Kilbourn Avenue and the 4400 block of West Congress Avenue, the Chicago Tribune reported. Herndon’s operation was considered a major component of the lucrative heroin and crack trade that runs along the Eisenhower Expressway and implicates many of the western suburbs, such as Maywood, that can be easily accessed along its many nodes.
This is the second major joint operation in the last two months that has resulted in significant arrests of West Side drug traffickers with ties to the Eisenhower-based drug trade. In June, a joint task force comprising the Chicago police, the DEA and the FBI, among other law enforcement agencies arrested at least two dozen members of a major West Side drug-trafficking organization headed by Kenneth Shoulders, 47, of the Conservative Vice Lords street gang.
“Authorities say Shoulders’ operation used several stash houses as distribution centers and corners as retail locations to sell heroin quickly to customers getting off the expressway. Those customers, many of them from the western suburbs, could exit, pay at one location, pick up the heroin at another and be back on the expressway in a matter of minutes, as if it were a fast-food drive-through,” according to a report by National Public Radio.
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