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Chicago police shut down open-air drug market

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012 4:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, April 28, 2012 7:20 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have shut down an open-air drug market and arrested nine suspected members of the Conservative Vice Lord gang on the city's West Side.

The Chicago Police Department says the two-month investigation that led to Saturday's arrests also recovered $3,000 worth of heroin and nearly $7,000 in cash.

The investigation began after a recent spike in shootings linked to street corner drug sales in the Humboldt Park area. Undercover officers identified key suspects by making drug buys.

Police are still searching for three other suspects.

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