Warren police, DEA arrest five in ‘drug cartel’ raid

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 21, 2016


WARREN  — Five suspects in an alleged “drug cartel,” facing charges set forth in a now-unsealed federal indictment, were reportedly taken into custody earlier this month during a joint operation by Warren police and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Word of the raids, launched at locations in Warren and Detroit on June 7, was announced by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts. The mayor said the busts were part of what he called an ongoing “citywide crackdown on drug houses in Warren.”

According to an indictment returned by a federal grand jury, the five suspects conspired to distribute “100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin” between April 11 and June 7.

A release authorized by the mayor said seven search warrants were issued before the raids. A Warren home where one of the suspects lives was reportedly among the locations searched.

“Drug pushers are learning very fast that we have zero tolerance for drug houses,” Fouts said in prepared remarks.

The mayor praised the Warren Police Department and the cooperative efforts of the DEA for their respective parts in the operation.

“Fighting illegal drugs takes teamwork and coordination,” Fouts said.

 Combating the “growing epidemic” of prescription narcotics, synthetic drugs and heroin was among the topics addressed by Fouts during his 2016 State of the City remarks in April.

Fouts said the Warren Police Department reported nearly a dozen heroin overdoses and two deaths over a two-week period immediately preceding his speech on April 7.

The mayor has called for increased cooperation in drug-enforcement initiatives among leaders and law enforcement officials at the local, state and federal level.