The Detroit Police Department and the FBI announced the execution of seven search warrants on the east side of The D this morning. The warrants were issued to bust narcotics dealers blamed for a spike in heroin addiction, overdoses and deaths in the Derby Street area. The Detroit PD and FBI were joined by the Michigan State Police, Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, Troy, Royal Oak, Southfield, Shelby Township, Roseville and St. Clair Shores police departments. In a press release, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit office of the FBI David P. Gelios wrote, “This is the second significant enforcement operation in the last few months aimed at shutting down these illegal operations.”
The source of the heroin explosion has reportedly been traced to dope dealers along the Woodward corridor. Today’s warrants follow a similar operation in July when federal, state and local outfits swarmed locations along this strip, arresting dozens and seizing guns and a “significant amount” of drugs. The Detroit News reports:
Twelve people were arrested during the raids and various amounts of heroin, cocaine and marijuana were confiscated, Craig said. Officers also recovered nine firearms, including three AK-47s, one submachine gun and five handguns.
There was another notable indictment in May. Federal prosecutors filed charges against accused drug peddlers blamed for the deaths of three people. The deaths were reportedly due to the deadly mix of heroin spiked with fentanyl. In Wayne and Washtenaw counties, the fatal concoction was the cause of more than 60 deaths this year.