LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—The FBI said they arrested Walter Blackman, 50, of Gary, Ind., at a south La Crosse home Wednesday April 4.
According to an FBI release, Blackman is charged in Chicago with violating federal drug laws. According to the release, Blackman is also facing a federal firearms violation. Hyde did not elaborate on what Blackman was doing in La Crosse.
Joan Hyde of the Chicago FBI media office said Blackman is in federal custody in Chicago. He made an initial appearance in court yesterday and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next week. Hyde said yesterday's arrest completes the investigation in La Crosse in connection with this investigation.
People living near the home where Blackman was arrested said they're surprised something like this happened in their area.
It's a new development that attracts a lot of families.
Elise Smith moved into her new house one week ago, a block away from where Blackman was arrested.
She said it makes her uncomfortable thinking about what could have been happening so close to home.
"It makes me feel a lot better to know that he won't be back here and that they got him, that's amazing, that's great so very, very, very happy about that I feel a lot safer," Smith said.
The arrest is part of a sweep according to the FBI release, targeting drug and gun dealing based in Chicago. The FBI says "18 alleged members or associates of the Black Disciples street gang are facing federal drug and/or gun charges in connection with a continuing investigation into drug and gun trafficking in and around the Altgeld Gardens area on Chicago's south side."
The FBI arrested 16 people yesterday including an arrest in La Crosse and Kenosha, they made one arrest today and one person remains at large.
"The long-term investigation leading to the filing of the charges and arrests. . . is part of an ongoing and coordinated effort by local, state and Federal authorities to identify and dismantle the many highly organized drug trafficking organizations operating in and around the Chicago metropolitan area."
"Sixteen defendants were charged in complaints filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago with Possession or Distribution of a Controlled Substance, including powder cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, or with federal firearms violations."
According to the release, "the investigation so far has resulted in the seizure of 1.3 kilograms of crack cocaine and .44 kilograms of heroin and the recovery of approximately 39 firearms."
Those charged in Chicago with violating federal drug laws are identified as Walter Blackman, aka "Gangster," 50, of 8601 Lakewood, Gary, Indiana (also charged with a federal firearms violation); Abdullah Brewer, aka "Dullah," 25, of 6558 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago; Jeffrey Brewer, aka "Mac," 23, of 12045 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago; Jamaal Crawford, 30, of 3154 E. 80th Street, Chicago; Stephan Gwin, 34, of 530 East 144th Place, Dolton, Illinois; Antoine Harris, aka "Poo," 25, of 13938 South Wentworth, Riverside, Illinois; Darious Harris, aka "Buddha," 21, of 11708 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago; Levertis Logan, 26, of 14714 South Beachview, Dolton, Illinois; Wallace Muhammad, 35, of 14205 South Maryland Avenue, Chicago; Leshawn Price, 20, of 3121 Butler Street, Springfield, Illinois; Marlon Shannon, aka "Taboo," 54, of 1119 E. 101st, Chicago; Charles Tankson, aka "Chuck," 42, of 14422 South Bensley Avenue, Burnham, Illinois; and Christopher Williams, aka "Big C," 30, of 4641 West Jackson Street, Chicago. Brian Washington, 26, of 418 Johnson Street, Gary, Indiana, was charged in Indiana.
Those facing federal firearms charges in Chicago, in addition to Walter Blackman listed above, include his brother, Ken Blackman,29, with no known permanent address; Anthony Green, aka "Ant," 43, of 7113 South Calumet Avenue, Chicago; and James Jones, aka "Solo," 36, of 736 West 116th Place, Chicago. Christopher Derrick, 54, of 2499 West 86th Avenue, Merrillville, Indiana, was charged in Indiana.
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