Former High-Ranking Gang Member: Drug Cartels 'Allowed' to Run Chicago Streets

Harold “Noonie” Ward, a former high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples, one of America’s largest street gangs, claims the deadly violence that is plaguing Rahm Emanuel’s “world class city” of Chicago is because Mexican drug cartels are being allowed by “the powers that be” to operate freely and “run” Chicago’s streets.

In an interview with Breitbart News outside of his childhood home, a now-condemned apartment in Altgeld Gardens, one of Chicago’s most well known housing projects, Ward explained that there are a number of issues leading to the bloodshed in the city. The greatest reason, Ward says, is drugs and how they are being brought into the city.

“Where the drugs are coming from is Mexican cartels,” Ward said. “From Mexico to Chicago, they make $3.5 billion dollars a year. And the majority of violence in Chicago, comes from the Mexican cartels.”

Ward doesn’t just blame the cartels. “They can only do what the city and the state allow them to do, this is by design,” he claimed. “They know what they’re doing, the powers that be know what they are doing... Do you mean to tell me, can’t nobody stop that? Do you know how much drugs that is? Three billion dollars?” 

“You can’t come in the United States and do nothing without them [the government] knowing,” he charged.

Bloomberg recently reported Chicago is the main transportation hub for the Sinaloa Cartel, Mexico’s most notorious drug cartel headed up by Juan “El Chapo” Guzman, which has a near-monopoly on the market.

The drugs continue to pour in. In a 2006 conversation monitored by Mexican police, Guzman said he wanted to make America’s third-largest city his “home port.”

He’s done that, says Art Bilek, a retired detective who’s executive vice president of the Chicago Crime Commission, a public-safety group that in February named Guzman the city’s public enemy No. 1. 

Chicago had cartel drugs in the past but not cartel leaders, Bilek says.

“Now, Guzman has top people in here to make sure things run smoothly,” he says.

Reports indicate that the use of federal informants has helped to incarcerate members and disrupt the operations of rival cartels, further solidifying Sinaloa's stronghold over the transportation routes to Chicago from Mexico as well as control over nationwide distribution that is centralized in the shipping and trading hub of America.

In addition to the amount of drugs flooding Chicago’s streets from Mexico, Ward says with most of the city’s larger gang chiefs locked up and behind bars, street drug dealers and peddlers have fewer people to answer to, creating smaller gang factions throughout the city who are resolving their territorial disputes over the drug markets by shooting and killing each other.

Ward believes if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy really wanted to stop the violence they could, but he claimed, “They have no strategy, they just go along with the program.”

Ward also described a network of powers that together are either profiting off the misery in his community or painfully lacking in a strategy to address the root causes of violence, the cartels. Those claiming to be there for his community—darlings of the media like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Father Pfleger—he called “sympathy pimps” and “black misleaders.”

Ward implored corporate America to stop giving money to them for the sake of the black community and called out Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Chief Garry McCarthy:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel ain’t never been in the Gardens—that I know of. McCarthy ain’t never been in the Gardens…Their strategy? They ain’t got no strategy, they going on with the program. I’m going to tell you this right now, when Rahm Emanuel and McCarthy get ready to stop this, they can stop it instantly. Quick, fast, in a hurry. If you think they can’t stop it fast in a hurry, then you sadly mistaken.

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