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Charges filed after weekend raid in East St. Louis

5:59 PM, Jun 4, 2012   |    comments
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By Talia Kaplan

East St. Louis, IL (KSDK) - Charges were filed Monday following a weekend raid in East St. Louis.

More than 100 officers raided three nightclubs and several liquor stores linked to violence and crime early Sunday morning.

It's called Operation Last Call and it led to three arrests and many charges.

As a result, the city suspended liquor licenses of three Crown Food Marts.

Some people welcomed the law enforcement action, but most people had a different opinion.

"I think that three arrests, obviously that's some sort of progress because they feel they go something that they were looking for but at the same time there are much more important issues than three people getting arrested in East St. Louis," said resident Stefani Pittman.

"I mean 100 officers, that's a little overboard if you ask me. A little less would have been fine. A handful, maybe 20 sounds like enough," said Donnetta Crutcher, another East St. Louis resident.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police, and even a SWAT team raided Club 103, Club Posh, and Club Rolex. They were looking for everything from guns and drugs to leases and bank statements.

While no one would confirm how much the operation cost, Illinois State Police say they did not pay their troopers overtime for the raid. Instead, they adjusted scheduled.

The St. Clair State's Attorney says the action was necessary because of recent violence.

On Monday three Crown Food Marts in East St. Louis were charged with 57 counts ranging from unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver to maintaining a public nuisance.



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