FBI leads raid on suspected heroin dealers

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 16, 2015

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An FBI agent was shot the morning of Dec. 10 while executing a federal search warrant on a suspected heroin and crack cocaine ring near Fenkell and Dacosta in Detroit.

The raid was led by the Oakland County Gang and Violent Crime Task Force — which includes FBI agents, Oakland County sheriff’s deputies, Michigan State Police officers, Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Enforcement and  Removal Operations officers, and police from the Royal Oak, Bloomfield Township and Troy police departments.

The FBI agent was transported to a hospital, where he is receiving treatment for injures that are not life-threatening.

According to reports, four people were detained, and one juvenile was released.

The warrant was part of a two-day, multiagency operation targeting heroin and crack cocaine dealers and distributors in southeast Michigan.

The joint operation targeted the trade and trafficking of heroin and other narcotics in and around the area of Derby Street in Detroit, and the task force executed seven federal search warrants in that area.

Police dogs and their handlers from the Michigan State Police and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Troy, Southfield, Royal Oak, Shelby Township, St. Clair Shores and Roseville police departments, also assisted.

“This is the second significant enforcement operation in the last few months aimed at shutting down these illegal operations,” Detroit Division FBI Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios said in a prepared statement. “The FBI, along with its law enforcement partners, is committed to working to combat heroin and other illegal drug problems, and the violence that is all too often associated with drug trafficking, which impacts daily the quality of life in our communities.”

“We will be relentless in combating heroin traffickers, who have a devastating effect on our communities. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is proud to partner with its local, state and federal counterparts to bring down drug dealers,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release. “We are united in our efforts to send a message that dealing drugs in southeast Michigan will not be tolerated.”

“Heroin use is on the upswing because the cost is so cheap,” said Troy police Capt. Bob Redmond. “It seems to be trending.”

He said Troy police are trained and make a concerted effort to search for and are always on the lookout for drugs.

“Troy makes a lot of arrests for possession of drugs. Officers are trained to look for impaired driving,” said Redmond. “Over the last few years, with the amount of new hires, they’re doing a tremendous job of stemming the flow of drugs and apprehending impaired drivers.”