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updated: 6/12/2014 5:20 PM

27 drug-trafficking suspects charged

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Associated Press

Federal and state prosecutors in Chicago have charged 27 people they allege operated a drug-trafficking ring on the city's West Side.

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced a nearly yearlong investigation into the drug market resulted in federal charges against 14 people and state charges against 13.

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The federal suspects are charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute narcotics. Those charged in Cook County circuit court are accused of delivering a controlled substance.

Among those arrested was 47-year-old Kenneth Shoulders, a leader of the Conservative Vice Lords street gang, who authorities allege controlled the distribution of drugs in parts of the city's Lawndale neighborhood.

Eight handguns, an assault rifle, about $140,000 in cash, heroin and cocaine were seized as arrests took place Thursday.

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