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DEA/CCC Counter-Narcotic Educational Seminars

As part of our recent partnership with the DEA - Chicago Field Division, the Chicago Crime Commission hosted a series of educational seminars to the surrounding suburban county Chiefs of Police Associations.  DEA SAC John Riley, along with others, spoke on the current drug-trafficking trends transpiring in Chicago, how they affect the surrounding suburban areas, and what can be done to stymie the flow of illegal drugs to develop and maintain safe and drug-free communities.


Speakers and topic areas: 

  •  SAC Jack Riley - “Breaking the Cartels”
  •  FIM Pat O’Dea - Chicago Drug Trends/Trafficking
  •  ASAC Vince Balbo - Chicago Strike Force  


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First Annual Tri-State Regional Gang Summit

The Chicago Crime Commission in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted a first-of its-kind Tri-State Regional Gang Summit today in Oakbrook, Illinois. The Summit was designed to share strategies to more effectively combat the influence of gangs and the Mexican drug cartels in trafficking narcotics in the tri-state region.

A who’s who of law enforcement leaders presented at the Summit including United States Attorney for the Northern District Zack Fardon, DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Jack Riley, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, Cook County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief John Blair, Chicago Police Department Organized Crime Chief Nick Roti and many others.

Strategies presented included a new regional approach to address trafficking across boarders and local law enforcement’s role in addressing gangs and drug trafficking’ "It’s a fact that gangs and their drug cartel partners, operate without regard to traditional boarders," said DEA Chicago Field Division Special Agent in Charge Jack Riley and head of the new Chicago Strike Force. "To be most effective, it is imperative that local, county, state and federal law enforcement work together to effectively battle the growth of gangs and the violence they cause".