Feds roll up Mississippi-to-Chicago

drug ring, make arrests

CHICAGO - Police and federal agents began arresting more than 20 people Wednesday as authorities closed the net on an alleged Mississippi to Chicago gunrunning ring.

Targeted in the investigation were several people in Chicago and more than 20 in Mississippi, said Tom Ahern, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The arrests were to be announced at an afternoon news conference in the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago, Ahern said.

The government is charging that the ring bought firearms in Mississippi and brought them to Chicago to supply street gangs with guns.

Members of the ring were named in conspiracy charges, Ahern said.

He said those participating in the investigation were ATF agents, the Chicago police and the Illinois State Police.

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