River Forest police help crack $28,000 Maywood heroin ring

Three arrested after street stop leads to information

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A River Forest police street stop in early May led to information allowing area police departments to execute a search warrant in Maywood that netted heroin, crack cocaine and ecstasy with a street value of $28,000, according to a River Forest police press release.

Police with a search warrant entered a second floor apartment unit in the 500 block of Main Street in Maywood on May 9. Police recovered a large amount of heroin meant for sale in Chicago's western suburbs, the release from River Forest Deputy Chief James O'Shea said.

Arrested were three Maywood men, Thomas Mason, 51; Chevalier Armstrong, 27; and Maurice Thurman. All three were charged with Class X felony possession of heroin and the manufacture of heroin with intent to deliver. In addition, Thurman was charged with possession of cocaine and possession/manufacture of ecstasy with intent to deliver.

River Forest police worked with officers from the West Suburban Enhanced Drug and Gang (WEDGE) task force and the Forest Park police to execute the warrant.

O'Shea praised Forest Park police and WEDGE officers, saying the investigation was the result of "how a routine stop by a dedicated patrol officer can lead to putting a dent in the local illegal narcotics trade."


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joe from south oak park  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 10:53 PM

Tom- I've never tried heroin chicken. Can't imagine that it would taste too good.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 8:34 PM

@Red Aura- Vague much? "Reasonable suspicion" of WHAT? I defend cops all the time but I DON'T defend the defecation on the 4th Amendment, which the sheeple in Boston applauded recently. Tom: You breaded a HERON? That is just too much. (((facepalmonsteroids))))

tom from maywood  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 8:23 PM

I'm one of those clowns that were arrested. And what was said to be heron was shake and bake for frying chicken and when that comes out in court I'm just wondering if the Tribune will print that, I doubt it

Red Aura from Oak Park  

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 10:24 AM

Violet, an officer needs reasonable suspicion not probable cause to stop someone on the street. I could care less why the person was stopped unless I am his lawyer. I just want to know that drug dealers (allegedly) are no longer able to sell drugs. If you want to know more details ask the police department not a reporter or readers. You won't get your answers. I also suspect by the tone of the question you don't care why this nice person was stopped, except to criticize the work of the police

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 6:06 PM

@Wondering: Pay attention to WHAT? Why were they stopped on the street by the cops? Did the cops want to give them lolly pops? If a cop stops you, s/he must have PROBABLE CAUSE. A cop can't stop you for having a silly name or wearing clashing patterns.


Posted: May 22nd, 2013 11:51 AM

Violet, I suspect you will not be able to get the actual police report with every minute detail mailed to your house which seems to be what you expect. Also, where do you get that there was any search of these guys on the street? Where does a stop and frisk play here? Article states a street stop (not a search) resulted in police getting a warrant to search a house where the three pictured fine citizens were then arrested and charged. Pay attention.


Posted: May 20th, 2013 10:42 AM

I wonder if Chevailer Armstrong was born in a Chevy Cavalier? Luckily he wasn't born in a different compact card, otherwise we might see Hyundexcel or Fescort in the police blotter.

Chris from OP  

Posted: May 18th, 2013 6:51 PM

Violet: If there was a search w/o probable cause (or frisk without reasonable suspicion) that might torpedo any case against the buyer stopped on the street but won't help the guys in the house.

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 18th, 2013 1:54 PM

*Edit: PROBABLE cause. Ugh.

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 18th, 2013 1:53 PM

Was this a stop and frisk deal? I cannot understand why they were searched on the street. Was there probably cause and if so, what? Isn't this a violation of the 4th Amendment?


Posted: May 18th, 2013 6:40 AM

Congratulations and thanks to all who have been working on this to make it happen!

OP Rez  

Posted: May 18th, 2013 2:41 AM

Please keep these useless members of society locked up until they're too old and frail to do anyone any harm.

Lock 'Em Up  

Posted: May 17th, 2013 9:37 PM

I hope they went easy on the heroine. But seriously, a Class X felony should send these three clowns away for a long time. GREAT WORK! Hope all three of you get a nice long stay in PMITA jail.

muriel from schnierow  

Posted: May 17th, 2013 4:55 PM

I have nothing but praise fro the Poilce and fire fighters of Park Park and River Forest.Good Job RF

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