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Infamous drug dealer gets arrested in Streator after an alleged fight

Posted by wlpo on December 5, 2014

One of the leaders of the infamous “Da Hittaz” drug gang in La Salle County is in trouble again.

On Wednesday morning Streator Police got a call about a fight. They arrested Clarence Merritte of Chicago for battery and criminal damage to property.

Merritte was paroled from prison in February after serving over five years for the class X felony of criminal drug conspiracy. He was among a group called “Da Hittaz” that were arrested and sentenced in 2008 for running a drug ring between Chicago and the Illinois Valley.

The leader of the group is Clarence Merritte’s brother Calvin. He’s expected to be let out of prison in 2018.

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