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Police seize $100,000 worth of heroin

Staff report

8:39 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

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An investigation this week into drug sales in the Chatham neighborhood resulted in two South Side men charged with possessing more than a kilogram of heroin, police said.

After getting information about possible drug sales in the area of the 400 block of East 80th Street, Chicago police began surveillance there Tuesday. Officers saw Albert Askew, 61, who lives on that block, "take possession of a package" containing about 1,000 grams of suspected heroin, police said in a release.

Police watched Askew take the package a couple of blocks away to the 7800 block of South Calumet Avenue, where he met up with Jeffery Watson, 44, of the 200 block of East 32nd Street, and helped put it into a black pickup truck Watson was driving, police said.

A short time later both men were arrested, and police said they confiscated the truck, more than $1,500 in cash and more than 1,000 grams of heroin, worth more than $100,000.

Each man was charged with felony possession of heroin -- more than 900 grams, police said.

Both men appeared in bond court Wednesday. Watson was ordered held with bail, and his next court date was set for Friday. Bail of $100,000 was set for Askew, and his next court date was set for May 30.

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