U.S. Attorney Announces Crackdown on
MAR 20 -- United States Attorney Stephen J. Murphy announced today that his office has charged 50 individuals, in five separate indictments, with various drug trafficking and firearms violations.
Mr. Murphy was joined in the announcement by Valerie J. Goddard, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Andrew G. Arena, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Robert Corso, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
United States Attorney Murphy stated, “These indictments serve to demonstrate my office's commitment to executing our anti-gang strategy, a coordinated local-statefederal initiative to root out and eradicate organized gangs engaged in drug trafficking and violence. I commend the hard work of the federal agencies and their partners that lead to these charges being brought.”
ATF Special Agent in Charge Goddard stated, ““Identifying and investigating armed drug gangs is a top priority for ATF and our law enforcement partners. We know that guns and drugs go hand-and-hand and can escalate violent crime rates. Through aggressive enforcement of the gun laws we can successfully arrest and convict violent drug gangs.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Arena stated, “The FBI will continue to address the rising problem of gangs and violent crime occurring throughout Michigan. We will continue our aggressive and cooperative efforts with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to combat gang violence and violent crime in order to make our cities and streets safer for our citizens.”
DEA Special Agent in Charge Corso stated, "The arrests that stemmed from these investigations are strong examples of the positive results that can be achieved when state, local and federal law enforcement agencies work together to fight gang related drug trafficking. DEA is committed to making our community safer by focusing its efforts on dismantling violent drug gangs and all others involved in this illicit activity.”
The indictments are as follows:
The Eastern District of Michigan established a Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) gang task force last year which is composed of representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Marshals Service, among others. The task force will create law enforcement strategies and operations across agency lines aimed at dismantling national and trans-national violent gangs. The task force will coordinate overlapping investigations, ensure that tactical and strategic intelligence is shared between law enforcement agencies, and serve as a central coordinating center for multi-jurisdictional gang investigations involving federal law enforcement agencies. The aforementioned indictments evidence some initial successes of the task force’s work.