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Chicago police say private Facebook groups have “emboldened” sellers of illegal drugs and guns to connect with potential buyers on the social media site.
The police department announced Tuesday that a two-year undercover investigaiton led to the covert purchase of nearly 150 weapons and the arrests of more than 50 people.
Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck said gun dealers “used Facebook to fuel the engine of gun violence” in Chicago.
First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said Facebook agreed to shut down groups identified during the Chicago investigation, but he said it also should kick members of the groups off of the site.
Riccio added that Facebook would shut down undercover officers’ accounts during the investigation, instead of those doing the illegal acts.
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