DETROIT, MI – It is no secret that Detroit has a major drug problem. Crack and Heroin tops that list. Today, authorities zeroed in on an operation that spanned Wayne and Oakland counties. Raids happened in Royal Oak, Ferndale and Detroit.
Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies teamed up today to disrupt what they are calling one of the most violent drug rings in southeast Michigan. Undercover investigators had infiltrated that operation which lead to today’s raids.
A total of 12 search warrants were executed today. Nine federal and three state search warrants which targeted locations along Woodward Avenue and east of Woodward between Six Mile and Eight Mile roads. Homes on Goldengate near Woodward Avenue were targeted. A neighborhood gas station also became part of the investigation. It is alleged that ‘kits’ were being sold to those who needed supplies to do the drugs once they were purchased.
The effort yielded:
9 firearms confiscated (3 AK47 assault rifles, 1 sub machine gun, 5 handguns)
Significant amount of narcotics (heroin, cocaine, marijuana)
7 citations issued for other offenses
One neighbor, Dr. Robert Pizzimenti, from the Innate Healing Arts Center and Goldengate Cafe called those arrested as ‘Kids’. Individuals under the age of 20. He also stated that the ‘kids’ were just trying to make a few dollars because that’s all that they know how to do. “They were just trying to get by. They weren’t using drugs, just selling them.”
A spike in overdoses caused by a fatal mix of heroin and the very powerful painkiller Fentanyl has sparked authorities to become aggressive in the crack down of Heroin in southeast Michigan. More than 60 people have died from overdose deaths this year alone.
The operation was conducted by Special Agents and law enforcement officers with the FBI Oakland County Gang and Violent Crime Task Force, the Detroit Violent Gang Task Force, and the Detroit Violent Crime Task Force; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Enforcement and Removal Operations; the Michigan State Police; the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET), and the Southeast Oakland SWAT Team; and the Detroit, Ferndale, and Royal Oak Police Departments.