Chicago police in April dropped charges against a 37-year-old member of the Conservative Vice Lords for a previous arrest in October 2009 after Julian B. Dailey sued Chicago Police for allegedly forging his name on a consent form.

Dailey, meanwhile, was arrested by Forest Park police and the West Suburban Enhanced Drug and Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) Task Force, in the early morning on June 12, at a residence in the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue.

Police recovered approximately 86 grams of heroin, 13 grams of cocaine and $5,000 cash.

“He had all the paraphernalia to cut, package and distribute [cocaine and heroin] for resale,” said Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel, the WEDGE spokesman. The gang is “a branch of the Vice Lords, mostly found in Chicago,” said Weitzel. “[Dailey] had a baseball cap with the word “conservative” on it with the Vice Lords colors,” he added.

Dailey had been living in Forest Park since at least March when WEDGE began their investigation, including several “controlled buys,” said Weitzel.

Dailey had sued the Chicago Police Department in Federal Court last March, alleging that officers had forged his signature on a consent for a search warrant for a residence in the 5100 block of S. Cicero, and then lied under oath. The city dropped criminal charges in April. Dailey was represented by high-powered criminal defense attorney Sam Adam Jr., who defended convicted Gov. Rod Blagojevich as well as pop singer R. Kelly.

Judge Rebecca Palmeyer awarded Dailey $50,000 plus attorney’s fees on June 14. The same day Judge Kristyna Ryan set bond for him for the drug arrest at $60,000 in the Maybrook Courthouse. His next hearing is July 5.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...