Here Comes the Fallout
- Prosecutors are dropping more than two dozen "tainted" drug and gun cases following last week's arrest of four Chicago police officers accused of robbing, kidnapping and intimidating drug dealers.
At least 27 cases have been dropped so far, including a case against two men who were arrested last fall when police seized $15 million worth of cocaine, Cook County state's attorney spokesman John Gorman said Thursday.
Last year, Chicago Police displayed $15 million worth of bundled cocaine seized from a Northwest Side home and proudly proclaimed they'd made a major dent in the area's cocaine-dealing scene.
Wednesday, with a sense of quiet disgust and frustration, Cook County prosecutors dropped the case against the two men charged in the November 2005 drug bust. Based on the quantity of drugs seized -- 118 kilos -- it's the most significant of more than 100 criminal cases that may have to be dropped because they were tainted by alleged dirty cops, a source close to the case said.