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Southfield PD joins FBI in heroin and crack cocaine raid

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published December 29, 2015

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DETROIT — An FBI officer was shot Dec. 10 during a two-day, multiagency heroin and crack cocaine raid that included the assistance of an agent from the Southfield Police Department. 

The officer was shot while executing a federal search warrant in the area of Dascota and Fenkell in Detroit, according to a news release from Jill Washburn, media coordinator for the FBI Detroit Field Office.

The officer was taken to a local hospital to receive medical treatment, and his wounds were not considered life-threatening, Washburn said in the release. The incident is still under investigation. 

The FBI had been performing a two-day, multiagency operation targeting heroin and crack cocaine dealers and distributors in southeast Michigan. 

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, Southfield,  Bloomfield Township, Troy, Shelby Township, St. Clair Shores and Roseville police departments.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia said a Southfield police officer is assigned to the task force, which is run by the FBI. 

During the raid, four suspects were detained and one juvenile was released, police said. 

“This is the second significant enforcement operation in the last few months aimed at shutting down these illegal operations,” David P. Gelios, FBI Detroit Division special agent in charge, said in a written 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.” 

Through the arrests, the FBI said, the operation targeted the trade and trafficking of heroin and other narcotics around the area of Derby Street. 

“These searches are part of an ongoing effort to disrupt the illegal distribution of heroin, and disable the drug trade in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties,” Washburn said in the release. 

The metro Detroit area has seen a major rise in heroin use, which has resulted in an increase in addictions, overdoses and deaths in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Many of these incidents, Washburn said, can be traced back to suppliers along the Woodward corridor. 

In the operation, the task force was targeting traffickers that supply the heroin. 

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he appreciates the partnership with the FBI. 

“This partnership is yet another example of how we can work together to create safe neighborhoods. We will continue our efforts in attacking the drug epidemic that plagues our society and dampens the quality of life within our communities,” Craig said in a written statement. 

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said his team will be relentless in combating traffickers. 

“We are united in our efforts to send a message that dealing drugs in southeast Michigan will not be tolerated,” Bouchard said in a written statement. 

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