CHICAGO, Ill. – A federal drug trafficking investigation has resulted in charges against 11 individuals for allegedly conspiring to distribute crack cocaine for the La Familia Stones street gang in the Chicago area, primarily in the Albany Park neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side.
As part of the investigation, law enforcement shut down a telephone drug hotline, according to a criminal complaint recently unsealed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Charged in the criminal complaint, which was unsealed on March 2, 2023, is EDUART HOXHA, 35, of Chicago, also known as “Finn” and “White Boy,” ALEXIS DEL TORO, 24, of Elmwood Park, also known as “Tony,” FREDDY DEL TORO, 27, of Elmwood Park, also known as “Fredo” and “Ricky,” BRYAN DEL TORO, 22, of Elmwood Park, ALEX HERNANDEZ, 24, of Chicago, also known as “Joey” and “Biggie,” HADER GARCIA, 19, of Chicago, also known as “Luis,” RUBEN VALENCIA, 22, of Chicago, KARINA JIMENEZ, 35, of Chicago, also known as “Kay Kay” and “Rina,” KEVIN RAMIREZ, 27, of Evanston, JONAS CASTILLO, 26, of Chicago, also known as “Guero,” and JESENIA CALLE, 20, of Chicago, also known as “J-Dog.” As described in the complaint, two of the defendants have also been charged with murder in the Circuit Court of Cook County and are currently being held in state custody.
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The defendants charged in the complaint allegedly conspired to distribute crack cocaine between December 2021 and November 2022, primarily using a telephone hotline that customers used to order crack cocaine, which was then delivered by one of the defendants.
During the investigation, law enforcement officials seized hundreds of grams of crack cocaine and numerous firearms from various defendants.
All but one of the defendants were arrested by federal agents last week or are in State custody and have begun making initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Chicago. One defendant remains at large, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation.
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