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Chicago gang cops indicted for stealing drugs, cash, and cigarettes

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Sgt. Xavier Elizondo and Officer David Salgado were supposed to help the city of Chicago fight gang violence and drug trafficking. Prosecutors say they made it worse.

A federal grand jury just indicted Salgado, 37, and Elizondo, 45, for lying to judges to obtain fake search warrants using phony confidential informants, and then stole cash, drugs, and cartons of cigarettes from the properties they searched.

The indictments of Salgado and Elizondo are the latest in an ongoing federal probe into the Chicago Police Department’s gang team, which oversaw the city’s West Side. Both Elizondo and Salgado have been charged with embezzlement and conspiracy to commit theft, and Salgado was slapped with an additional charge of lying to the FBI. Several other gang team officers were dismissed from the office earlier this year amid the federal probe into the corruption allegations.

To obtain search warrants, officers have to submit a sworn complaint containing details of an operation alleged by a confidential informant. That informant would then have to go before the judge for questioning. According to the indictment, Elizondo and Salgado hired two Chicago residents to pose as confidential informants and lie to the court to get around these requirements.

The fake informants would later get a cut of whatever cash or drugs the officers pocketed during their search.

Sgt. Xavier Elizondo and Officer David Salgado were supposed to help the city of Chicago fight gang violence and drug trafficking. Prosecutors say they made it worse.

A federal grand jury just indicted Salgado, 37, and Elizondo, 45, for lying to judges to obtain fake search warrants using phony confidential informants, and then stole cash, drugs, and cartons of cigarettes from the properties they searched.

The indictments of Salgado and Elizondo are the latest in an ongoing federal probe into the Chicago Police Department’s gang team, which oversaw the city’s West Side. Both Elizondo and Salgado have been charged with embezzlement and conspiracy to commit theft, and Salgado was slapped with an additional charge of lying to the FBI. Several other gang team officers were dismissed from the office earlier this year amid the federal probe into the corruption allegations.

To obtain search warrants, officers have to submit a sworn complaint containing details of an operation alleged by a confidential informant. That informant would then have to go before the judge for questioning. According to the indictment, Elizondo and Salgado

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