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Chicago's Most Wanted: Valentin Baez

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

When the Feds busted a Latin Kings drug operation several years ago they charged 40 people, and arrested nearly two dozen of the suspects. But one of the alleged dealers who got away was a man by the name of Valentin Baez. Now FBI agents are redoubling efforts to find him.

Baez was a member of the Latin Kings street gang. In 2008 he was charged with violating federal drug and firearms laws. "Operation Pesadilla" focused on a cocaine distribution network operated by the Latin Kings in the Little Village neighborhood. The FBI says Baez played was a significant player in that network.

Baez is accused of overseeing the gang's cocaine distribution operation. Agents say he worked in the vicinity of 24th Street and South St. Louis in Chicago, near his last known address which was in the 2400 block of South St. Louis.

The FBI initially received information that Baez had been sighted in downstate Illinois, but the leads never panned out. Agents believe that shortly after the arrests in Operation Pesadilla, Baez stayed in the Little Village area and may still be close to home where he still has many connections.

Recently, the FBI received a tip which led to the capture of Vincente Garcia, an associate of Baez and -- according the agents -- the 2nd highest ranking Latin King in the country. That tip came as a direct result of a Chicago's Most Wanted profile of Garcia.

Agents hope with this profile of Baez, it can duplicate that success.

The FBI offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the capture of Valentin Baez.

Here is the FBI's description of Valentin Baez.

--Hispanic male

--26 years old

--About 5'6''

--About 200 pounds

--Medium build

--Black hair

--Brown eyes

--Sometimes goes by the name "Baby 2-4"

Baez is considered armed and dangerous, if you see him you're asked to call police.

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