74 overdoses in 3 days: Drug Overdoses In Chicago

Published: October 5, 2015

74 overdoses in 3 days: Drug Overdoses In Chicago, Two reputed gang members were arrested on drug charges over the weekend after Chicago Fire Department crews responded to 74 heroin overdose cases in 72 hours last week.

The arrests came as Chicago police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration combed the West Side trying to find the source of a dangerous batch of drugs.

Prosecutors said Alfonzo Sylvester, 24, and Mario Wofford, 26, sold an undercover Chicago police officer $720 worth of heroin on the West Side on Friday.

Sylvester was arrested Saturday and appeared at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sunday on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to deliver and aggravated fleeing and eluding police, both felonies, prosecutors said.

Sylvester, wearing a denim jacket with red lettering that read “Rolling Bones,” stood silently as Cook County Judge James Brown set his bond at $30,000.

Wofford was arrested Friday and charged with possession with intent to deliver and was ordered held on a $10,000 signature bond on the drug charge because he had no history of violent crimes.

The men are members of the Unknown Vice Lords street gang, according to court records. They were arrested after Chicago recorded 74 overdose cases in 72 hours by Friday afternoon — more than double the number in the same three-day period last year.

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