Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force Continues to Make Progress
The recently formed Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force has been very successful since its formation six months ago. The Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional task force, run by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, consisting of local, county and federal agencies. Current participants in the Gang Task Force come from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI/ICE), Lake County Forest Preserve Police, Grayslake Police Department, Park City Police Department, and Fox Lake Police Department.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force is responsible to combat, prevent and interdict criminal gang activity in Lake County. The areas of enforcement include but are not limited to narcotics, human trafficking, gun trafficking and money laundering, all of which are a means to further gang activity.
In the past six-months the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force has arrested numerous Lake County gang members, and seized a significant amount of drugs, including:
· Over $259,000.00 USC
· 26 Guns
· 8 Vehicles
· 57 Pounds of Cannabis (Street Value – $1,243,080.00)
· 991 Grams of Powder Cocaine (Street Value – $1,742,900.00)
· 613 Prescription Pills (Street Value – $6,284.00)
· 191 Grams of Crack Cocaine (Street Value – $19,040.00)
· 156 Grams of Heroin (Street Value – $243,120.00)
· 18 Grams of Wax (Street Value – $500.00)
· 7 Ecstasy Pills (Street Value – $175.00)
· 5 Hits of Acid (Street Value – $100.00)
Sheriff Mark Curran said, “I’m very proud of the impact the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force has made over the last six months. They are making positive results in keeping Lake County safe by responding to the numerous problems fueled by gang members.”
Undersheriff Ray Rose said, “No matter where you are in Lake County, gang activity will not be tolerated. The Lake County Gang Task Force will continue to aggressively pursue and arrest those involved in illegal gang activity. We look forward to adding additional member agencies in the year to come.”
Anyone with information on gang and/or drug related activity is encouraged to call the Gang Task Force Tip-Line at: 847-377-4424 or Lake County CrimeStoppers at: 847-662-2222.