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PHOTOS: Waukegan drug-trafficking operation busted, 18 arrested

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A multi-departmental investigation busted a drug trafficking operation in Waukegan, involving alleged members of a local street-gang. In total, 18 participants were arrested, charged and held on bond.

The investigation was conducted by the Waukegan Police Department – specifically the Gang Intelligence Unit - and the Lake County State's Attorney's Office, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The main target of the drug investigation was Alfonso Gallardo, also known as "Grande" or "Oscar Garcia." He led the operation, which manufactures and distributed cocaine sourced in Mexico and obtained through his main contact in California, Noe Perez-Delgado.

Gallardo had members of his immediate family prepare the drugs for local sale. Those dealings were conducted by alleged lower-level gang members, who used their connections to distribute the cocaine in the community.

To see exactly how the operation worked, check out the graphic to the right.

DEA investigators and Waukegan's GIU gathered the intelligence that led to the arrest warrants issued on March 20, and the 18 individuals were subsequently taken into custody. They appeared before Judge Collins and have hearings scheduled for next week.

Gallardo, 46, of the 400 block of Oakwood in Waukegan, faces two counts of street-gang criminal drug conspiracy and three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $2,000,000 bond.

Perez-Delgado, 29, of the 1000 block of Atlantic in Waukegan and of Ontario, Calif., faces two counts of street-gang criminal drug conspiracy, three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy and is charged with the manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Saul "Pelon" Flores-Alvina, 24, of the 1000 block of Atlantic in Waukegan, is charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Adalberto "The Cook" Gallardo, 37, of the 400 block of Oakwood in Waukegan, is charged with street-gang criminal drug conspiracy and faces three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Eder Gallardo, 19, of the 400 block of Oakwood in Waukegan, is charged with street-gang criminal drug conspiracy and faces two counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Maria Ontiveros, 41, of the 400 block of Oakwood in Waukegan, is charged with street-gang criminal drug conspiracy and faces two counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. She is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Carlos "Jerry Mendoza" Matamoros, 29, of the 3600 block of Harrier in Waukegan, faces two counts of street-gang criminal drug conspiracy and three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Arturo "Shorty" Palma, 26, of the 2000 block of 10th Street in Waukegan, faces two counts of street-gang criminal drug conspiracy and three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Adrian Salgado, 25, of the 3000 block of Grandville in Waukegan, faces two counts of street-gang criminal drug conspiracy and three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Rogelio Fajardo, 50, of the 12000 block of Mawman in Beak Park, is charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Steven Zielak, 24, of the 1400 block of Pioneer in Waukegan, is charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Efrain "Chueco" Sajuan, 45, of the 3000 block of Golfmoor in Waukegan is charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Marcos Antonio "Spider" Garibay, 36, of the 3500 block of Stonegate in Waukegan is charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Jose "Chunkie" Zavala, 39, of the 900 block of Berwick in Waukegan, is charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Daniel Rogel, 25, of the 800 block of Greenview in Gurnee, is charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Tomas Banuelos, 34, of the 100 block of Wildwood Drive in Round Lake Beach is charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Juan Macias-Rodarte, 38, of the 2600 block of Mohawk in Waukegan, is charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

Jose Hurtado, 47, of the 10000 block of Wadsworth Road in Beach Park, is charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He is held on $1,000,000 bond.

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