Local housing projects named illegal drug outlets

A March 1999 report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development cited Rockford’s notorious public housing project, Concord Commons, as being a distribution center for heroin. The report also cites another housing project, Fairgrounds Valley, as being a distribution center for crack cocaine.

The report reads: “In Rockford, the SLANT (State Line Area Narcotics Team) Task Force arrested a total of 17 individuals and seized over 600 grams of crack cocaine, 6 grams of marijuana, 1 weapon, and $6,477 in cash at various public housing developments.

“In one buy/bust operation, the Task Force arrested a mid-level narcotics dealer. In another operation, the Task Force executed a search warrant at a heroin supply house. The house is controlled by the Vice Lords gang and is used to bag heroin to be sold at the Concord Commons public housing development.

“The Task Force also executed two search warrants at crack cocaine houses known to supply the Fairgrounds Valley public housing development. This Task Force is made up of OIG the Illinois State Police and Rockford Police Department Housing Officers,” the report reads.

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