Aurora investigation ‘Operation Broken Heart’ leads to drug, gun charges against 22

Officers from local, regional and federal agencies swept both sides of Aurora on Thursday in an organized effort to serve warrants on 22 people indicted this month on a variety of drug- and gun-related felonies.

The 10-month investigation initially focused on an Aurora street gang and its associates, but was later broadened, authorities said Friday.

One woman and 13 men were arrested during Thursday’s operation, which involved law enforcement officers from Aurora, ATF, Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marshal Service, the DuPage Metropolitan Group and the Kendall County Cooperative Police Assistance Team, authorities said.

Of the other eight charged in connection with the investigation, which police called “Operation Broken Heart,” two were already in the custody of another agency, one was issued a summons and ordered to appear in court and five remain wanted.

Arrest warrants were issued after a Kane County Grand Jury indicted all 22 people on Sept. 12.

Most of the charges were unsealed Friday, and all were jointly announced in a news release by Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman and ATF Chicago Special Agent in Charge Celinez Nunez.

“We hope our work the last several months puts another dent in the violent crime in Aurora,” McMahon said.

Ziman said the operation sent two messages to those who take part in gang and criminal activity.

“You will be held accountable,” Ziman said in the news release. “No. 2, it is not just the Aurora police who are watching.”

ATF and Aurora’s special operations group conducted the investigation with guidance from the state’s attorney’s office, according to the news release. Officials said their investigation, which took up several hundred hours, involved buying drugs and guns.

They seized seven guns along with ammunition, and about 234 grams of rock and powder cocaine, according to Aurora police.

While serving the warrants…

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