In a story eerily similar to a script of “Breaking Bad,” four men are facing federal drug charges after being nabbed last Friday in an undercover sting in Oak Lawn, authorities said.
Charges were filed in federal court against Abelardo Dominguez, 59, of Mexico; Francisco Narvaez, 29, of Chicago; Peter Pietrzak, 44; and Montrail Key, 37, both of Joliet, for attempting to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance—methamphetamine, according to a criminal complaint.
Narvaez and Key also were charged with forcibly assaulting a Drug Enforcement Agency agent, the complaint said.
The incident took place last Friday afternoon at 105th Street and Cicero Avenue near the Huck Finn Restaurant moments after Drug Enforcement Agency agents conducted a transaction with the four offenders in the parking lot of McDonald’s, the complaint said.
Following the transaction and a brief pursuit, two of the four offenders attempted to run over federal agents with their vehicles and agents fired their weapons, striking Narvaez, who was treated at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn before being released into police custody, the complaint said.
The altercation began after several DEA surrounded the offenders’ two vehicles and exited their cars.
Narvaez put the pickup truck he was driving in reverse and smashed into the car driven by Key. Key accelerated, causing the car to jump the curb and head toward two agents, the compliant said.
One agent was pinned against a light pole, and the car then headed toward a second agent. The pickup truck also jumped the curb and drove directly toward the agents, who opened fire on both vehicles, the compliant said.
The pickup then fled, heading west on 105th Street. Moments later it turned down a dead-end street, where Narvaez fled on foot, the complaint said. Pietrzak was arrested in the back of the truck. Narvaez was arrested moments later in a nearby residential area, according to the complaint.
Dominguez was arrested at McDonald’s. The other car, driven by Key, was stopped 15 minutes later on 95th Street by Evergreen Park police. Key was arrested at the scene, the complaint said.
The four men remain in custody.
According to the criminal complaint, the investigation goes back to early August when agents from the DEA’s Mexico office informed Chicago agents of a narcotics broker in Chicago.
The DEA agents in Mexico were told by a confidential informant, who works for a Mexican drug cartel, that the informant was instructed to go to Chicago to find a buyer for 10 pounds of methamphetamine, the complaint said.
The informant told the DEA that he knew Dominguez, a drug broker, as he was a long-time friend of his from Mexico, the complaint said.
The informant traveled to Chicago on Aug. 21 and informed Dominguez that he had 10 pounds of methamphetamine to sell. Dominguez expressed an interest in purchasing the drug, which cost $15,000 per pound, the complaint said.
On Oct. 1, Dominguez called the informant telling him he was prepared to purchase the drug. The informant arranged a transaction between Dominguez and an associate, who in reality was an undercover DEA agent, according to the complaint.
On Oct. 2, Dominguez called the undercover agent and agreed to meet him the following day at an Oak Lawn coffee shop. Dominguez told the undercover agent that he did not have enough money to purchase 10 pounds of methamphetamine, but could get enough money to buy four or five pounds, the complaint said.
The undercover agent agreed to sell the smaller amount at $15,000 per pound. Dominguez said he needed to collect the money from a couple of associates and would return shortly.
Several hours later, Dominguez and the agent agreed during a phone call to meet at McDonald’s at 105th Street and Cicero Avenue to consummate the transaction, the complaint said.
Dominguez arrived at McDonald’s at 2 p.m. in a pick-up truck driven by Narvaez, the complaint said. They entered the restaurant and met the undercover agent.
Moments later, another car, driven by Key with Pietrzak as a passenger, arrived at McDonald’s. Pietrzak, who was carrying a medium-sized drawstring bag, placed it in the pickup truck, the complaint said.
The agent walked with Dominguez to the pickup truck. He observed five bundles of cash in the bag in denominations of $100s and $20s. After seeing the cash, the undercover agent called a colleague and instructed him to bring the methamphetamine to parking lot, the complaint said.
In fact, the agent delivered a cooler full of “sham” drugs packaged to resemble methamphetamine.
The cooler containing the sham drugs was placed in the pickup truck and Dominguez drove away as did the undercover agents. Dominguez then re-entered McDonald’s.
Moments later, the pickup truck, driven by Narvaez with Pietrzak in the rear seat, exited the McDonald’s lot, the complaint said. A car, driven by Key, drove behind the pickup truck.