WBEZ | Jack Riley http://www.wbez.org/tags/jack-riley Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en New vigor in Chicago for the war on drugs http://www.wbez.org/news/new-vigor-chicago-war-drugs-110343 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Heroin Operation map.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Drug enforcement officials are singing an old tune with renewed vigor as they fight the war on drugs.</p><p>&ldquo;Hey, it&rsquo;s another great day for the good guys in Chicago,&rdquo; said Jack Riley, standing at a podium surrounded by federal and local officials Thursday.</p><p>He was announcing the arrest of 27 people in connection with a heroin operation on Chicago&rsquo;s West Side.</p><p>Authorities say the heroin ring operated in a 12-block area just off the Eisenhower expressway near Douglas Park.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a popular location for kids from the western suburbs because they can buy heroin and then hop back on the highway.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-moves-chicago-suburbs-small-amounts-through-users-109326">How heroin moves to Chicago&#39;s suburbs</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Riley says a new strike force with federal and local authorities sharing information gives him hope that they can make some headway in the decades old war on drugs.</p><p>&ldquo;And to the bad guys out there, hey, we&rsquo;re coming,&rdquo; said Riley. &ldquo;This is a marathon, not a sprint, we&rsquo;re in it for the long haul. We&rsquo;re gonna continue this fight, we&rsquo;re not going to let anybody down and it really makes a difference in the communities when we do things like this.&rdquo;</p><p>Chicago police say they&rsquo;ll continue to do undercover buys in the 12-block area even though many of the dealers in that area were arrested this week.</p><p>Al Wysinger is the first deputy superintendent of the Chicago Police Department and the top guy while Superintendent Garry McCarthy is on medical leave recovering from his heart attack.</p><p>He said they&rsquo;ll now saturate the area with officers and continue to make undercover drug buys, &ldquo;to ensure that,&nbsp; A, this gang doesn&rsquo;t come back and try to take over and B, that a new gang doesn&rsquo;t come in and try to take over and they try to start a turf war over this very same territory.&rdquo;</p><p>U.S. attorney Zach Fardon says no one in this case is charged with violence but he says these arrests are an important tool for reducing violence in Chicago.</p><p>He says shutting down this drug operation is going to improve life for the people living in the neighborhood.</p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/new-vigor-chicago-war-drugs-110343 Chicago's Southwest Side, southwest suburbs home to major drug warehousing http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagos-southwest-side-southwest-suburbs-home-major-drug-warehousing-109341 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Heroin%20LLC%20photos%20044%20by%20Bill%20Healy.JPG" title="(WBEZ/Bill Healy)" /></p><p>In the shadow of Midway Airport, Latino, black, white and Arab families live in the bungalow belt of the Southwest Side.</p><p><pthese a="" american="" and="" another="" are="" block="" block:="" bloom="" by="" calendar="" colorful="" displays="" flags="" from="" in="" like="" middle-class="" mirror="" neighborhoods="" of="" one="" p="" perennials="" swing="" the="" window="" working-=""></pthese></p><p>Yet, quietly but in plain view, part of Chicago&rsquo;s thriving drug trade operates here. Local and federal law enforcement officials have raided a small number of these residences as places that store significant loads of drugs.</p><p>WBEZ surveyed major drug and money busts over the last five years in the metropolitan area. We found 97 homes where law enforcement allegedly found narcotics. Thirty were on the Southwest Side of Chicago and another 20 were in the southwest suburbs. No other area had more reported drug busts.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Chart: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagos-southwest-side-southwest-suburbs-home-major-drug-warehousing-109341#chart">Where are Chicago&#39;s drug houses?</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Here&rsquo;s a recent example:</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">In September, Chicago police allegedly confiscated $10 million worth of heroin and cocaine from a house</span> in the 3800 block of West 63rd Place.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">&ldquo;I know something was wrong in the house because only men lived there,&rdquo; said a neighbor on the block who said he&rsquo;s afraid to give his name.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">It wasn&rsquo;t just that only men lived in the rented home. Over a few months, the neighbor</span> noticed several cars parked out front with temporary license plates. But the men didn&rsquo;t cause obvious &nbsp;trouble, the man said. They sometimes spoke pleasantries to him in Spanish; so he didn&rsquo;t call the police.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">&ldquo;Because they don&rsquo;t make noise, no fights, no loud music,&rdquo; the man said.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">And thus he was surprised when police stormed the house one September weekday morning.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">&ldquo;That day I was opening my garage to clean it up a little bit. I hear a noise like they pull a big garbage can or something like that. I look around and I don&rsquo;t see nothing. I come inside and I ask my wife, did you hear something? She said no. I looked through my window and I see a lot of police, detectives or narcotics,&rdquo; the neighbor said.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">Whole neighborhoods of the Southwest Side are relatively crime free. Cicero, Harlem and Pulaski are major thoroughfares for trucks transporting merchandise. There&rsquo;s easy access to highways and a major railroad transfer station. Ease of transportation is one reason drug cartels are so invested in Chicago.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">Nick Roti, chief of organized crime for the Chicago Police Department, said drug trafficking organizations deliberately operate on the Southwest Side -- many workers in the business have connections to Mexico, so they can blend in more easily in neighborhoods among Latinos. And in areas where they can fly under the radar.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">&ldquo;They don&rsquo;t want to have a large police presence where there are a lot of shootings or gang activity where there&rsquo;s going to be a heightened sense of police awareness,&rdquo; Roti said.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">The rented homes are for storage. Drugs aren&rsquo;t manufactured or sold in these stash houses. Roti said that&rsquo;s not what neighbors should look out for.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">&ldquo;They&rsquo;re going to see mostly just men coming in and out of the house. They&rsquo;re going to see people going in and out of the garage because they&rsquo;re not going to unload the drugs on the street,&rdquo; Roti said.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">Jack Riley, the special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration&rsquo;s Chicago office, explains it further. He said often people who are in the heroin trade don&rsquo;t even grasp, &nbsp;say, the Sinaloa Mexican cartel - the organization Riley&rsquo;s doggedly trying to dismantle. Its leader El Chapo Guzman is considered the world&rsquo;s most powerful drug trafficker.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">Many of the men caught in the Southwest Side Chicago drug busts have been recruited to to bring heroin and drugs from their home country.<a name="chart"></a></span></p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chart_32.png" title="(WBEZ/Patrick Smith)" /></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr"><strong>Source:&nbsp;</strong><em>For this chart, WBEZ identified the major drug seizures in the Chicago area since 2008, based on a survey of all press releases from the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago offices of the Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice. In these major busts, the drugs seized were worth at least $400,000, and often worth tens of millions of dollars.&nbsp; From this list, WBEZ looked through court records and official releases to identify the residences that were allegedly used to store large quantities of illegal drugs before they were moved to street-level dealers.</em></p></blockquote><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">&ldquo;This happens all the time,&rdquo; Riley said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll arrest a Mexican national and he&rsquo;ll say well, my uncle who lives in El Paso asked me to do this. There&rsquo;s no clear understanding that they&rsquo;re working for Sinaloa. They don&rsquo;t walk around with cards that say you&rsquo;re a card-carrying member of Sinaloa. That&rsquo;s how we have to make these connections from intelligence information, from telephone numbers.&rdquo;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">Of course, drug trafficking and sales aren&rsquo;t unique to Latino neighborhoods -- they happen throughout the city and suburbs. And in many places both traffickers and neighbors haven&rsquo;t&nbsp;</span>always connected the dots.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">That&rsquo;s certainly true among many families on the Southwest Side. Even some of the large busts haven&rsquo;t grabbed the attention from law-abiding residents. And police officers say it hasn&rsquo;t been an issue in community meetings.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">On the 6500 block of West 63rd Place in the Clearing neighborhood, a senior citizen woman dutifully tends to her grass one sunny October afternoon. A few days earlier, Chicago police arrested three men, recovered four guns and more than $1 million in narcotics on this very block.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">&ldquo;Clearly someone on this block was paying attention and noticed it. That&rsquo;s neighborly love right there,&rdquo; said 24-year-old Cassie Conkel who wasn&rsquo;t rattled by the raid on the block on which she grew up and still lives. She said people on the quiet, well-manicured block look out for each other - even though many didn&rsquo;t know the men who lived in the raided home.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">After news of the narcotics, Conkel says there was buzz among neighbors, but then it was business as usual.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t really think about the cartels being up here and stuff like that,&rdquo; said Conkel, adding that&rsquo;s because she&rsquo;s not in Mexico and doesn&rsquo;t think the violence will come here.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">&ldquo;This is a quiet neighborhood for the most part. You get fights and parties and all that stuff. It&rsquo;s not something we&rsquo;ve ever had to worry about. When someone brings it up, and says, well, the cartels are here, then I&rsquo;ll worry about it. I can only worry about what I can see,&rdquo; Conkel said.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">Three years ago, extreme drug violence did briefly rattle a quiet Chicago Lawn block. Four men were shot execution style. They were discovered bound with duct tape and lying face down, reports said. The FBI and DEA were brought in because narcotics were involved.</span></p><p>Chief Roti, of the Chicago Police Department, remembers that case and says the shooters were caught. More important, he says, &nbsp;that type of violence isn&rsquo;t the norm.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">&ldquo;The cartel-related violence that we&rsquo;ve seen in the last few years in Mexico, I don&rsquo;t think we&rsquo;ll ever see that here. Not only because they don&rsquo;t want it to happen here because it would hurt their business, but because law enforcement is vastly different. I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s a major safety issue for people who live in that area. I have not seen any real violence that occurred outside of the circle of people involved in this related activity,&rdquo; Roti said.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">Still, the man who lives on the block where the $10 million drug bust went down is now rethinking his role as a neighbor.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">Despite not knowing the criminal activity at the time, he wishes he had called the police when he felt something odd. Now he&rsquo;s telling his neighbors to do just that.</span></p><p><iframe height="480" src="https://mapsengine.google.com/map/embed?mid=zKdLvOTJ_oMo.k6DV1GFYnvn8" width="640"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">&ldquo;Some people they are afraid to call the police. You can call the police and don&rsquo;t give your name,&rdquo; the man said.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-01332764-de70-ba26-e286-a2f4fed0655b">And he says the narcotics raid right on his block has him considering bringing back the defunct block club.</span></p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author" target="_blank">Natalie Moore</a> is a WBEZ reporter. She can be reached at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a>&nbsp;or on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me" target="_blank">Google+</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</em></p><p><i>WBEZ&#39;s Patrick Smith contributed reporting to this story.</i></p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagos-southwest-side-southwest-suburbs-home-major-drug-warehousing-109341 Heroin: It's cheap, it's available and it's dangerous business http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304 <p><p>Chicago is a major trafficking route for <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-impact-cartels-dispatch-agents-deep-inside-us" target="_blank">Mexican cartels</a> and has become a hub for the distribution of heroin across the Midwest. The dangerous result has been an increase in heroin overdose deaths in Illinois.</p><p>That has WBEZ and the <em><a href="http://chicagoreader.com/heroin%20" target="_blank">Chicago Reader</a></em> digging into how so much heroin gets here, how it&rsquo;s distributed and who gets hurt. Those stories will unfold over the next two weeks.</p><p>But let&rsquo;s begin with some background:</p><p>Heroin is purer, the street price has <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304#price">significantly dropped</a> and the growing cohort of users is white suburban young people.</p><p>Jack Riley is the no-nonsense agent who runs the Chicago division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He&rsquo;s made it a goal to dismantle one Mexican cartel&rsquo;s grip.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really clear to us that Sinaloa really controls 70-80 percent of the narcotics in and out of Chicago and thus the Midwest,&rdquo; Riley said.</p><blockquote><p><strong>By the numbers</strong></p></blockquote><blockquote><ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304#seizures">Heroin seizures in the Chicago area</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304#ervisits">Heroin-related ER visits by city</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304#price">U.S. retail price of heroin&nbsp;</a></strong></li></ul></blockquote><p>The leader of the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/magazine/how-a-mexican-drug-cartel-makes-its-billions.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Sinaloa</a> cartel is <a href="http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tf1817.aspx" target="_blank">El Chapo Guzman</a>. He&rsquo;s considered the world&rsquo;s most powerful drug trafficker and is designated &ldquo;Public Enemy Number 1&rdquo; in Chicago. And, by the way, Riley says Guzman once put a bounty on his head.</p><p>&ldquo;Chapo Guzman is a logistical genius. He&rsquo;s been on top of the game for 25 years. He has an unlimited amount of revenue. He has the ability to corrupt, obviously to kill. And I think he&rsquo;s relentless in his control of the Midwest and heroin market,&rdquo; Riley said.</p><p>Riley previously worked DEA investigations in the border city of El Paso, Texas.</p><p>He said the cartel&rsquo;s focus on heroin is a market decision, based on Sinaloa&rsquo;s ability to produce and continue to supply the drug, with the cooperation of Colombian producers.</p><p>&ldquo;If you look into Mexico, you&rsquo;re seeing them really fortify their ability to produce high-quality poppies and in turn produce heroin on their own. That&rsquo;s something we hadn&rsquo;t seen up until the last few years. The majority of it was being produced by the Colombians. We&rsquo;re seeing the migration of two producers come together to serve one market,&rdquo; Riley said.</p><p>And that is contributing to the heroin problem in Chicago, its suburbs and the Midwest, because the drug is more accessible these days at cheaper prices.</p><p>The Sinaloa cartel&rsquo;s impact is currently playing out in a smattering of <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2013/Sinaloa-Cartel/" target="_blank">federal</a>&nbsp;court <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/drug-trafficking-case-deal-flores-twins-witnesses/Content?oid=11463514" target="_blank">cases</a> in Chicago.</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/insert-images/Heroin seizures_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" name="seizures" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Heroin%20seizures_1.jpg" style="float: left; width: 375px; height: 401px;" title="Click to enlarge (WBEZ/Patrick Smith)" /></a></p><p><a name="seizures"></a>Heroin dealing stretches throughout the Chicago region and collar counties.</p><p>However, the most visible aspect of drug trafficking is typically open-air drug markets in low-income areas of the city.</p><blockquote><p><strong>RELATED: <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/heroin-arrests-sales-dealers-west-side-economics/Content?oid=11722393" target="_blank">The <em>Chicago Reader</em>&#39;s Mick Dumke on the business of drugs: The West Side&rsquo;s main employer&nbsp;</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>And that face tends to be young black males on the corner. This group is also disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. &nbsp;And they&rsquo;re there for narcotics violations. Open-air drug markets disrupt quality of life and often invite violence in many Chicago communities. But they are just part of the heroin story.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a lot of drug selling that occurs that isn&rsquo;t open air. We don&rsquo;t see that, so there&rsquo;s that hidden part,&rdquo; said Kathleen Kane-Willis. She is the director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University&mdash;and a former heroin user.</p><p>Kane-Willis said people of all races struggle with substance abuse.</p><p>&ldquo;The drug markets tend to reinforce existing beliefs about who uses and who sells drugs. So we tend to think of African-American males as users and sellers of drugs. As we start to look outside of that framework we can see that&rsquo;s not the case,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Experts say the upward trend of heroin use started in 2004. In fact, Metro Chicago now leads the nation in emergency room visits for heroin overdoses.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/insert-images/Heroin related ER visits_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" name="ervisits" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Heroin%20related%20ER%20visits_1.jpg" style="float: right; width: 400px; height: 386px;" title="Click to enlarge (WBEZ/Patrick Smith)" /></a></div><p><a name="ervisits"></a>Kate Mahoney is the executive director of Peer Services, a suburban-focused treatment program based in Evanston. People trickle in for counseling and methadone, which treats heroin addiction, one weekday morning.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m shocked that I&rsquo;ve been doing this work for 30 years and in 1983 when I started working in addiction treatment, a bag of heroin cost about $50. And today in 2013, you can purchase a bag of heroin (for) between $5-10,&rdquo; Mahoney said.</p><p>That makes the drug more accessible. And people don&rsquo;t have to use needles anymore. Heroin can be snorted and is regarded in some circles as a recreational drug. Law enforcement officials say it arrives from Mexico 90 percent pure and is sold at a purity of nine to 12 percent on the street after being cut and pumped with additives.</p><p>Mahoney says decades ago, heroin was an end-of-the-line drug after people had been abusing 10 to 12 other drugs. But it&rsquo;s not always the case.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a number of parents on the North Shore who can&rsquo;t see or believe that their child has a problem. We&rsquo;ve seen young people die because they don&rsquo;t understand that it could be their child&mdash;who&rsquo;s going to a top high school and achieving well and simultaneously looking at college applications and prepping for the ACT or SAT&mdash;might also be using heroin,&rdquo; Mahoney said.</p><p>Chicago is uniquely positioned as a major heroin hub because of its centralized location and ample transportation that can help people deliver and disperse narcotics across the Midwest.</p><p>The Chicago Police Department is trying to curb the street violence that accompanies the drug trade. The police narcotics strategy is to erase open-air drug markets and turn those blocks back over to the community by coordinating city services and clean up.</p><p>But doesn&rsquo;t that mean drug dealing will move to another corner?</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think that law enforcement is going to fix the narcotics problem in this country. And many people would say that&rsquo;s blasphemy, but I think it&rsquo;s reality,&rdquo; Supt. Garry McCarthy said. &ldquo;The fact is what&rsquo;s our baseline issue: reducing crime and violence in the city. What I&rsquo;m trying to do is stop getting people killed on the street corners in the city of Chicago.&rdquo;</p><p>But as long as the demand for drugs is high, the supply will be there<a name="price"></a>.<span id="cke_bm_227E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_226E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_248E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_247E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_246E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_245E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_244E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_243E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_242E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_241E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_240E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_239E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_238E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_237E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_236E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_235E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_234E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_233E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_232E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_231E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_230E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_229E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_228E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_227E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_226E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_225E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> {"dataSourceUrl":"//docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/spreadsheet/tq?key=0AluraWM750W7dDhWUGxSM2VPY0NKY0R6elVRcE9RalE&transpose=1&headers=0&range=A1%3AAE100&gid=0&pub=1","options":{"titleTextStyle":{"bold":true,"color":"#000","fontSize":16},"animation":{"duration":0},"width":620,"hAxis":{"useFormatFromData":true,"title":"Inflation-adjusted prices (in 2011 dollars) for purchases of 1 gram or less. 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She can be reached at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a>&nbsp;or on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me" target="_blank">Google+</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304