Uptown Drug Sweep Puts Dozens Behind Bars

There could be a lot of vacancies in Uptown public housing before too long.

Branham, Claxton, and Collins
Crump, Kandoni, and Nance
Pierre, Rivera, and Sheffield
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Source: Chicago Police Dept

A Chicago police undercover narcotics sweep resulted in 35 arrests across Uptown over the past week, according to a new press release.

We have been able to identify 12 of the arrestees and their home addresses.

We know there are plenty of less-fortunate folks who don’t sell crack who could benefit from these arrests.

Among the 35 charged are:

• Sidney Branham, 53 of West Ridge, is charged with manufacture-delivery of crack cocaine near a school or park in Uptown.

• Williams Claxton, 49, says he lives at the federally-registered non-profit Preston Bradley Center. He’s charged with is charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near school or park

• Daniel Collins, 57, who lives in a federally-underwritten apartment at Mercy Housing in Uptown, is accused of selling crack cocaine to an undercover officer on September 23. Prosecutors charged him with possession of a Schedule I or II narcotic near a school or park.

• Brianna Crump, 23, lists her address as the office of ONE Northside, a community action group that specializes in organizing community protests.  She’s charged with three counts of manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a park or school for allegedly selling crack cocaine to undercover officers in Uptown on September 9, September 21, and September 28.

• Jesaja Kandoni, 58, who also lives at the federal non-profit Preston Bradley Center in Uptown, is charged with selling crack cocaine to an undercover officer on September 20. He’s charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a park or school.

• Ja Ton Nance, 51, who lives at a Heartland Alliance affordable housing center in Uptown, is charged with selling four Xanax to an undercover officer for $20 on September 16 and selling a rock of crack to another undercover officer for $20 on October 19. She is facing two counts of manufacture-delivery of narcotics near a park or school.

• Serge Pierre, 47, says he lives in a newly-converted flat in the 1000 block of West Lawrence. He’s charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a park or school.

• Blas Rivera, 43, who lives in a CHA building in the 4900 block of North Sheridan,  is charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a park or school and is also facing extradition to Wisconsin on a warrant.

• Gerald Sheffield, 56, of the 800 block of West Barry in Lakeview is charged with three counts of manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a park or school. Prosecutors say he sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer in Uptown on October 4 and again on October 5 and October 11.

• Cordell Simmons, 28, of the 7100 block of South Wood in Englewood, is charged with two counts of manufacture-delivery of Schedule IV narcotics near a park or school. Prosecutors say he sold 10 Xanax pills to an undercover officer for $20 on September 14.

• Bolleria Williams, 50, who lives in “housing for the homeless” in the 900 block of West Wilson, is charged with three counts of manufacture-delivery of Schedule IV narcotics near a park or school

• Larry Williams, 59, who lives at a care center in the 4500 block of North Hazel, is charged with manufacture-delivery of cocaine near school or park

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