Heroin bust leads to gang member's arrest in River Forest

Regional task force organized two-week undercover sting operation

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

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."

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Violet Aura  

Posted: February 28th, 2011 9:14 PM

Gee willikers...I WONDER who "OH YEAH" is? Couldn't possibly be "ANON." Isn't he the dewd who defended curbside drug service and cheating on one's spouse if bored? This has his greasy fingerprints all over it! He likes to change names to make it seem as if all these people are railing against me. Get. a. life.

Oh Yeah from OP  

Posted: February 28th, 2011 8:57 PM

Violet Aura has quickly become notorious in this forum as a trolling racist. I can only assume that the WJ has adopted the Fox News business model and refuses to ban her because she generates clicks. Heck, she might even be a paid shill. Best to just ignore her crass insanity.

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 28th, 2011 7:31 PM

Another interesting thing is that you seem to understand WTF "CL" was attempting to communicate. Good on you! I have no effing idea. Those sentences were disaster zones...

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 28th, 2011 7:30 PM

@Anon: What are you babbling about? You are not indignant about anything? Pot meet kettle, my friend...And the tiresome "racist" accusation is really pathetic. I first came on here when people were shrugging their shoulders and acting as if they were powerless to affect change in their neighborhood or minimizing the negative impact of the crap going down in their area. I did not comment last week when I read the crime report and all sorts of descriptions were being made except...LOL...


Posted: February 28th, 2011 7:10 PM

@OP Resident: Violet Aura trolls this site constantly. She feeds off the reactions of decent and intelligent people. She spends an obsessive amount of time in the 'crime' section complaining about "reverse racism", and slathering her self-righteousness over everything. Have you ever noticed that the most judgmental people have the scariest skeletons in their closets? I bet VA has plenty. At any rate, don't let her get to you, just thank your lucky stars that you don't have to live with her.


Posted: February 26th, 2011 8:04 AM

The Opinion piece like this -- really that of Ken Trainor. THESE really do need to stop. Stop hiding behind this in the opinion of the WJ!

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 4:20 PM

And WTF makes you think that my anti-war stance is phony? I will admit that I made the mistake to vote for Obama. I was hoping that when he said that crap about adding troops in Afghanistan, that he was LYING. But nooo...for once, a politician told the truth. You are more likely to be the phony. You probably raged against the illegal, immoral wars when Dubya was in office but now that Dear President is in, you are a knee-jerk defender. Kinda sorta like Sox versus Cubs...

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 4:17 PM

You brought up the people being bought off and the funding cut for drug addicts. It sounded to me like you were being pretty defeatist and negative regarding any dent made in preventing this stuff to be on the street. You really need to quit it--nothing I have said on any topic is "hateful." I am sympathetic to addicts and believe that there should be quality rehabs available. My point is that our streets are being flooded with cheap, pure heroin and this resource war is to blame.

OP Resident  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 2:35 PM

Any finally, VA. Don't hide behind a phoney baloney anti-war stance and think that makes it okay for you to spew any hateful venom that tumbles out of your head. I've read your postings regarding other topics on this forum and think you delight in presenting yourself as a self-righteous know-it-all. Not even close! You're a real creep who wants to gin it up and hope to get a rise out of people with your wild rantings. All you've shown is a lack of a reasoned thought process. We're done talking!

OP Resident  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 2:27 PM

Shameful,VA. You've shown to know nothing about the real horrors of drug addition but still posted cruel comments about my family. Did you intend to also reveal to all the emptiness of your heart? You have! Drug addiction is a disease and a mistake by a child can lead to a life of despair for themselves & their loved ones. No one was forced to "try" heroin in our case but the result has been an overwhelming sense of helplessness. Know the propects for recovery are grim. I trust that pleases you

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 1:17 PM

And another thing: far be it for me to spoil your crush on that guy with the Pepsodent smile...You have mucho sympathy for the "poor Afghan farmer," but what about the poor civilians killed in bombing by DRONES?! Sounds like you enjoy a few Happy Meals yourself. Me? I am a longtime vegetarian. I also don't support illegal, immoral wars, even if the Commander in Chief talks real good and is real smooth...

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 1:13 PM

@OP Resident: Why you poor thing! Someone put a gun to your (or your loved one's head) and made them take smack! Everyone can try and blame the outer circumstances for the problem but it resides in the individual. And since you "went there" about the 'war on drugs,' I just wanted to remind you that until the USA illegally and immorally invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the poppy production (squashed by the "evil" Taliban)has had record crops! And now we have just upped the ante.

OP Resident  

Posted: February 24th, 2011 6:56 PM

No apples & oranges on the menu, VA. I'll confirm a vote for Barack Obama. My comment regarding this report focused on how a poor farmer's harvest in Afghanistan makes it way across the ocean and ends up pulled from the pockets of a Chicago street thug. The war on drugs captures an insignificant amount of what's out there. I've lived with the horrors of heroin & can attest that it destroys the user and devastates a family. A living nightmare. Please don't make someone's misery your Happy Meal

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 24th, 2011 6:30 PM

@OP Resident: Who was your choice for president in 2008 then? I hope it wasn't our current POTUS because he stated during the campaign that he planned to add troops in Afghanistan, even though the vast majority of the "terrorists" from 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia...

OP Resident  

Posted: February 24th, 2011 1:08 AM

From the poppy fields in Afghanistan to a street corner in River Forest. The people who profit the most from heroin trafficking are stacking their loot and paying corrupt authorities to look the other away. Good work by local law enforcement but this stooge is such a minor player. There will be someone else taking over his dirty business tomorrow. Sad to report that the State budget is cutting funds for treatment & prevention programs. We're left to deal with a vicious cycle of despair & misery.

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