By Megan Dooley
An admitted gang member from Chicago was arrested for heroin possession last week in River Forest during a sting carried out by River Forest police with a regional task force.
Police arrested Darryl Greer, 18, of Chicago, on Feb. 16 with the help of the West Suburban Drug and Gang Enforcement Task Force (WEDGE). Greer was charged with three counts of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, a class one felony, and three counts of possession of a controlled substance, a class four felony.
At the time of his arrest, Greer allegedly had of 14.2 grams of heroin divided into small individual baggies favored by drug dealers. Greer also admitted to being an active member of the Traveling Vice Lords gang.
The arrest followed a two-week undercover operation in which allegedly Greer sold a total of 11.5 grams of heroin over two separate transactions with undercover officers in the village of River Forest. The suspect was apprehended during a third attempt to make a sale to WEDGE officials at a location near 7500 W. Lake St.
Detectives said they began to monitor Greer on suspicion of making regular heroin deliveries to the western suburbs from Chicago.
After his arrest, a search of Greer turned up the 14.2 grams of heroin hidden in customized compartments inside the suspect's pants. Police also seized $650 in cash and a Chevrolet Venture minivan in conjunction with the case.
Greer was given $75,000 bond at a hearing held on Feb. 18 at the Cook County 4th District courthouse in Maywood. He is currently being held without bail for violating the terms of his probation and the terms of a gang intervention program he was involved with.
"I'm very proud of how they handled it ... They're having excellent results in taking drug dealers off the street," said River Forest police chief Gregory Weiss. "The WEDGE group has proven to be a great asset for us [and] what we find is that if we take them off the street in River Forest, it has a net effect in all areas."
Det. Sgt. Marty Grill said a big part of the job for the task force is to hit the streets and talk to people to gather information. "We started the operation in January of this year. It's just one of those examples of being able to collect intelligence and act on it," he said.
Grill said he was happy with the results of the sting.
"It played out well," he said. "Any time we can arrest the bad guy and nobody gets hurt, it's a success."