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News Release [print-friendly page]
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
Number: 202-307-7977
October 13, 2005

Powerful Detroit Drug Ringleader Collared
Detroit-area Crook Captured After 15 Years of Elusion

OCT 13--(Detroit, MI) – Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Robert L. Corso, today announced the arrest of Anthony Michael Clark, the ringleader of a powerful, Detroit based, drug trafficking organization (DTO), which has operated in the Detroit area for more than 15 years. Clark has eluded arrest by from law enforcement hiding behind his lieutenants and using multiple cell phones to coordinate his illegitimate business. Clark has been known as the most powerful and violent narcotics trafficker in Detroit since the era of Young Boys Incorporated (YBI) and Best Friends in late 1980's and early 1990's. Clark has been able to maintain his organization through the use of intimidation and violence and is thought to be associated with numerous murders.

“For 15 years, Michael Clark has hid in the shadows desperately trying to further his marijuana trade through cold-blooded acts of murder. With his arrest communities face a brighter day free from the terror caused by his drug trafficking organization,” said SAC Corso.

Clark’s reach extends over U.S. borders. Over the past year, intelligence gathered by DEA’s Detroit and New York Divisions revealed that the Clark DTO has been directly involved with supplying Mexican cocaine and marijuana to drug organizations in the U.S.

In January 2005, DEA was able to disrupt and dismantle the Clark DTO using law enforcement techniques. As a result of this investigation two Arizona based gatekeepers and transporters associated with this organization were targeted. Based on this enforcement initiative, agents of the Detroit DEA determined that a large amount of marijuana was enroute to Detroit from Arizona. Subsequent surveillance led to the identification of the tractor trailer being utilized by this organization to facilitate the transportation and distribution of this organization's narcotics in Detroit.

Just last month, DEA Special Agents indicted 15 defendants related to this case on drug charges and seized approximately 1,156 pounds of marijuana discovered inside a tractor-trailer.

As part of this investigation, the DEA has seized more than 1300 pounds of marijuana, over 100 kilograms of cocaine, and approximately $2 million dollars in cash and other assets.

This investigation would not have been possible without the combined effort of the Detroit Federal Bureau of Investigations Violent Crime Task Force and the United States Marshal’s Service.


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