An undercover police narcotics operation has resulted in the arrests of 18 men on the streets of North Side entertainment districts this month. And, in true Wrigleyville fashion, one arrestee tried to rob the undercover cop!
Paris L. Williams of the South Deering neighborhood is charged with battery and theft after police say he punched an undercover narcotics officer in the face and took $50 in pre-recorded currency at 1109 W. Addison on last Friday evening, according to court records.
Williams is a member of the Gangster Disciples street gang.
Other arrests in our neighborhood during the operation include:
• Andrew Givens, 27, of Auburn Gresham is accused of selling a gram of cocaine to an undercover officer outside of Roscoe’s Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted, on August 19. Police say they found six bags of suspect cocaine as well as pre-recorded currency in Givens’ possession at the time of his arrest. He’s charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a school and possession, both felonies.
• Travis S. Crockett, 36, of Englewood is accused of selling five grams of cocaine to an undercover officer outside of Slugger’s World Class Sports Bar, 3540 N. Clark, on August 12. Cops say they found four baggies of marijuana and one bag of cocaine in Crockett’s possession along with $40 in pre-recorded currency. He’s charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a school and two counts of possession.
• Daniel Pelt, 57, of Belmont Cragin sold cocaine to an undercover officer outside of Sports Corner at Sheffield and Addison on August 12, police say. He’s charged with one count of manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a school. Pelt is a member of the Conservative Vice Lords street gang, according to police records.
Meanwhile, a 100-minute-long undercover narcotics operation near the Gold Coast’s Division Street bar district resulted in 15 arrests last Thursday.
According to court records, the 15 men were arrested between 3:50AM and 5:30AM for offering to sell drugs to or asking to buy drugs from undercover officers at Clark and Division.
All of the cases involve attempts to purchase or sell crack or heroin.