An investigation into our city's drugs, gangs and violence epidemic is the subject of "The War in Chicago," a six-month "48 Hours" investigation airing at 9 p.m. Saturday on CBS.
"48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher and CBS News correspondent Armen Keteyian look at what's driving the murder rate in Chicago, focusing on the link between street violence and drug trafficking in the city and the burbs. (See a clip below with the Will County coroner addressing the heroin scourge.) The report deals with what residents, city officials and the Drug Enforcement Administration are doing to fight back.
Jack Riley, head of the Chicago Field Division of the DEA, tells "48 Hours" it's the estimated 70,000 gang members in Chicago who are doing most of the killing - and most of the dying - and mostly over one thing: the distribution of drugs. The program will show how the DEA trains and then executes raids on drug dealers and is mounting a new offensive to stem the tide of drugs, often heroin, flowing into the region from Mexico.
Viewers will meet suburbanite Paula Nixon, who became addicted to heroin when she was 16, as well as David Muhammad, a retired diesel mechanic who's so enraged by the drug dealing in his Chicago neighborhood he's started posting videos of drug deals on YouTube. We'll also hear from Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who says the recent drop in the homicide rate means "We're getting progress, not victory."