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April 25, 2014

Longtime Gang Member Sentenced to 24 Years in Federal Prison for Supervising Sales of 39 Kilos of Heroin on City’s West Side

CHICAGO—A longtime member of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang who managed a heroin distribution spot between 2008 and 2010 at the corner of North St. Louis Avenue and West Ohio Street on the city’s west side was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison, federal law enforcement officials announced today. The defendant, Timothy Allison, was responsible for supervising the distribution of 39 kilograms of heroin, a federal judge determined before imposing the sentence.

Allison, also known as “Shaw,” 34, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin in March 2012, and he has seven prior felony convictions, including aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah imposed the 24-year sentence on Wednesday.

According to court documents, Allison was involved in around-the-clock retail sales of heroin averaging around $10,000 a day, both at St. Louis and Ohio, as well as at a second corner nearby at West Chicago and North Christiana avenues.

Allison was among 31 federal and 65 state defendants who were arrested in November 2010 following a Chicago Police and FBI investigation, code-named Operation Blue Knight, of drug trafficking by TVL members and associates in the area of Kedzie Avenue and Ohio Street, known as “KO.” A lead defendant in a related federal case, Jason Austin, also known as “J Rock,” is scheduled to be sentenced on June 10.

The sentence was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy. The investigation was led by the FBI-Chicago Police Joint Task Force on Gangs and the Chicago Police Department’s Gang Investigations Division, and it was conducted under the umbrella of the U.S. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) also participated in the investigation.

The government is being represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Maribel Fernandez-Harvath and Matthew Madden.

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