Franklin Park cops assist FBI in drugs, weapons case
Updated: July 29, 2012 4:22PM
Franklin Park police recently completed an investigation with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies that resulted in arrests or charges for three area men.
While the Franklin Park police work regularly with the DEA, a joint operation with the FBI is rare.
“I would say once every 10 years we’re involved in a joint operation with the FBI or ATF,” Chief Michael Witz said.
The department’s four-man tactical squad engaged in “intelligence and surveillance” of suspects, some of whom are suspected members of the Imperial Gangsters street gang, for three years.
“It was just long and drawn out,” Witz said. “There was so much activity among members of the Imperial Gangsters.”
On June 13 the Chicago office of the FBI announced charges against 19 men in the Humboldt Park neighborhood for drug and weapon sales. Among them were three men from the west Cook suburbs.
Jaime Corral, 32, of 880 Joyce in Leyden Township was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, said FBI Special Agent Ross Rice. He was released on bond.
Lazaro Corral, 29, of 920 N. Roberta Ave., Melrose Park, was also charged with felon in possession of a firearm. He was being detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center as of June 21.
“They were arrested on the complaint,” Rice said. “Its up to a grand jury on whether to indict, probably in the next 30 days.”
If convicted they face up to five years in prison.
Francisco Wolf, 32, of 23 King Arthur Court, Northlake, was charged with distributing a controlled substance. He is being held in Cook County Jail against a bond of $175,000. He could be imprisoned for 12 to 50 years if found guilty.