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Summary of Recent Cases Brought by the U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois: May 21, 2022

Ten alleged Chicago street gang members or associates charged with drug trafficking investigation

May 12, 2022

CHICAGO — A joint federal and local drug trafficking investigation has resulted in federal charges against ten suspected members or associates of a Chicago street gang for conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine.

During the multi-year investigation, law enforcement shut down three outdoor drug markets in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. The investigation, led by Homeland Security Investigations and the Chicago Police Department, used extensive covert and covert surveillance operations and resulted in the seizure of several kilograms of suspected heroin, some of which contained fentanyl and cocaine, as well as four rifles, four handguns, a MAC-10 submachine gun, a shotgun and more than 450 cartridges. A criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago alleges that the ten federal defendants are members or associates of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang.

The ten federal defendants are being held by law enforcement and made their first appearance in U.S. District Court in Chicago. In addition to the federal defendants, more than 20 other people have been charged with drug offenses in the state in Cook County Circuit Court.

Charged federal drug conspiracy. of Chicago, DORNELL WILLIAMS, 34, of Chicago, TEREMIUS WEBB, 25, of Chicago, ANTONIO FLETCHER, 40, of Chicago, KYLE LINTON, 25, of Chicago, and MAURICE BELL, 40, of Chicago.

From February 2021 to April 2022, law enforcement officers made numerous clandestine purchases of narcotics from various members of the organization. Medicines in open-air markets were usually packaged in small bags and sold for $10 each – with discounts for sales in larger quantities, the complaint says.

According to the federal charges, Evans led the drug trafficking operation and oversaw the three street markets, which were located in the 3900 block of West Jackson Boulevard, the 3900 block of West Van Buren Street and the 4000 block of West Maypole Ave. Jarelle Jones, Marquis Jones, Joseph Williams and Dornell Williams reportedly worked as “shift bosses”, overseeing drug sales in illegal markets at various times of the day. The charges allege that Logan picked up narcotics from vendors, delivered them to the Jackson Boulevard location and collected illicit proceeds after sales. Webb, Fletcher and Linton allegedly worked as street-level dealers, while the charges accuse Bell of obtaining narcotics to sell at the Maypole Avenue location.

Federal judge sentences Chicago sex trafficker to 30 years in prison

May 16, 2022

CHICAGO — A federal judge has sentenced a Chicago man to 30 years in federal prison for forcing women and children to engage in commercial sex acts in the city and suburbs.

From 2012 to 2014, CHARLES FEARS and a co-defendant, SAMUEL NICHOLS, operated a sex trafficking business through which they used force, fraud and coercion to induce several women and children to engage in sexual acts sales representatives and to deliver the proceeds to Fears and Nichols. The men supplied the victims, some as young as 13, with drugs and alcohol while forcing them to engage in commercial sex acts. Fears and Nichols often punched, slapped and punched victims who worked for them, including incidents in which Fears would stick a victim’s head down the toilet after they broke their rules. Both men have openly flaunted their role as traffickers, showing money in social media posts and using proceeds from trafficking to fund a Chicago-area rap group that released music videos online.

Fears, 28, of Chicago, pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal conspiracy and sex trafficking charges. U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall imposed the 30-year prison sentence for Fears on Friday and ordered that it be followed by lifelong judicial supervision. Judge Kendall also ordered Fears to pay more than $1.6 million in restitution to the victims.

Nichols, 37, of Chicago, was sentenced in 2019 by Judge Kendall to life in prison.

“The Fears and Nichols controlled their victims physically and psychologically,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Streicker, Michelle Petersen and Elizabeth Pozolo explained in the government’s sentencing memorandum. “It is almost impossible to comprehend the trauma that the fears inflicted on its victims.”

If you believe you may be a victim of sexual exploitation, we encourage you to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by logging on to or calling 1-800-843-5678. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Chicago Tech executive sentenced to one year in federal prison for illegally exporting computer equipment to Pakistan

May 18, 2022

CHICAGO — A Chicago technology executive has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for illegally exporting computer equipment from the United States to a Pakistani government nuclear research agency.

OBAIDULLAH SYED, 67, of Northbrook, Illinois, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to export goods from the United States without a Commerce Department license and submitting false export information. U.S. District Judge Mary M. Rowland on Tuesday sentenced Syed to one year and one day in federal prison. Prior to sentencing, Syed lost $247,000 in felony cash to the US government.

We’ve previously written about the case involving Obaidullah Syed and Business System International, here: Northbrook Suburb Tech Executive Guilty of Illegally Exporting IT Equipment to Pakistani Government

Syed owned the Pakistani company BUSINESS SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL PVT. LTD., and BSI USA, based in Chicago. The companies provided high performance computing platforms, servers and software application solutions. Syed admitted in a plea agreement that from 2006 to 2015 he conspired with his company’s employees in Pakistan to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by exporting computer equipment from the United States to the Pakistan Commission. atomic energy without obtaining the required authorization from the United States Department of Energy. Trade. PAEC is a Pakistani government agency designated by the U.S. government as an entity that may pose an unusual or extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.

Syed further admitted that he and the other conspirators had falsely told US-based computer makers that the illegal shipments were destined for Pakistani universities or Syed’s companies, when in fact the conspirators knew that the The actual end user of each shipment was either PAEC or a research institute that trained the agency’s engineers and scientists. In doing so, Syed and his company forced US-based computer manufacturers to submit shipping documents to the US government indicating false end users for US-origin goods, thereby undermining the US government’s ability to stop illegal shipments.

International Business System Pvt. ltd. was charged with conspiracy as the corporate defendant. The company has yet to respond to the charges.

Loves Park Man charged with drug and firearms trafficking

May 19, 2022

ROCKFORD — A federal grand jury in Rockford has indicted a Loves Park man for drug and firearms offences.

ORENTHO HURD, 27, is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, possession of a machine gun and possession of a firearm in as part of a crime of drug trafficking. According to the indictment, Hurd was in unlawful possession of cocaine and a machine gun at Loves Park on August 26, 2021. A court appearance in U.S. District Court in Rockford has not yet been scheduled.

The cocaine charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, while the machine gun and criminal charges each carry a maximum sentence of ten years. Possession of a firearm in pursuit of a drug trafficking felony carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing laws and US sentencing guidelines.

Chicago gang member sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for racketeering offenses including murder

May 20, 2022

CHICAGO — A member of a violent Chicago street gang has been sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for engaging in a pattern of racketeering activity that included murdering a member of a rival gang.

LUIS CONTRERAS, 42, of Chicago, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering. U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly imposed the jail sentence Thursday after a hearing in federal court in Chicago.

Contreras admitted in a plea agreement that he was a member of the Latin Saints street gang, a criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in drug trafficking and violence, including murder and assault, to acquire and preserve gang territory in the Back of the Yards. Chicago’s South Side neighborhood. Contreras further admitted that on February 18, 2018, he and other Latin Saints members fired multiple shots at rival gang members who were seated in a vehicle in the 7700 block of South Kilbourn Avenue in the Scottsdale neighborhood. of Chicago, which is part of the Ashburn Community Area. The shots killed Andre Franzell, 23, and injured another individual. Contreras admitted that Franzell’s murder was committed to further the goals of the Latin Saints.

When Contreras was arrested at his home by federal law enforcement in October 2018, he was found in possession of two rifles and a handgun.

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