Guns seized by Warren police were a mix of pistols, shotguns and long guns. A total of 46 were displayed at the press conference.

Guns seized by Warren police were a mix of pistols, shotguns and long guns. A total of 46 were displayed at the press conference.

Photo by Brian Louwers


Weapons seized, 129 arrested in Warren Police Department operation

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 15, 2020

 Guns seized by Warren police were a mix of pistols, shotguns and rifles.

Guns seized by Warren police were a mix of pistols, shotguns and rifles.

Photo by Brian Louwers

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“I believe that we’re a safer city, and a safer region because of it."

Lt. John Barnes, Warren Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division

WARREN — A month-long Warren Police Department crackdown targeting gun violence and related crimes resulted in the seizure of 75 weapons and netted 129 arrests for felony and misdemeanor offenses.

At least a few of the weapons could be tied to violent crimes, including shootings, kidnappings, sexual assault and at least one homicide in Warren and, potentially, elsewhere.  

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer met with reporters Sept. 10 to lay out the results of “Operation S.N.A.G.” He said the effort, officially dedicated to “Saving Neighborhoods Against Guns,” brought together resources from the department’s patrol, criminal investigations, special investigations and special operations divisions.

“The mission of Operation S.N.A.G. was two-fold. First, to ensure our citizens, elected officials and business owners that the Warren Police Department will continue to provide a level of service, safety and protection that is second to none,” Dwyer said. “Second, the purpose was to demonstrate to our officers working tirelessly in our Patrol Division that their efforts during these trying times are appreciated and will continue to be supported.”

Dwyer said 129 felony arrests were made during the operation, resulting in a total of 252 felony charges and 53 misdemeanor charges. The oldest person arrested was 58; the youngest, just 16. The list included people from Warren, Eastpointe, Clinton Township, Shelby Township, Roseville and elsewhere in metro Detroit. Several people from out of state were also arrested.

A total of seven search warrants were conducted. The range of charges included assault with intent to murder, armed robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, fraud, and narcotics and weapons violations.

The arrests included a recent parolee from a second-degree murder conviction and suspects tied to a Sept. 4 shooting who were arrested after search warrants were completed in Warren and Detroit, where five weapons were recovered.

Guns seized by Warren police were a mix of pistols, shotguns and rifles. A total of 46 were displayed at the press conference.

“The other 29 seized weapons are currently at the (Michigan State Police) crime lab, where they are being processed and very well may be linked to past homicides, shootings, kidnappings, CSCs,” Dwyer said. “Already, we’ve identified four of these cases through the crime lab that affected shootings and involving possibly a homicide in another city. Time will tell how many open cases may be closed around the metro area after these weapons are processed and analyzed.”

Dwyer said the operation “laid the blueprint” for cooperation within the Warren Police Department. It is the fifth large-scale initiative targeting crimes ranging from human trafficking to narcotics and illegal or illegally possessed weapons.

“It’s difficult sometimes to get units that don’t normally work together to gel,” said Lt. John Barnes, of the Warren Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

He said patrol officers, detectives and special operations personnel worked well together on the successful operation.

“I believe that we’re a safer city and a safer region because of it,” Barnes said.

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