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News Release
June 6, 2003

Detroit Task Force Takes Down Violent Trafficking Ring

Local Law Enforcement Credited with Valuable Assistance

JUN 6 - Detroit, MI - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Detroit Task Force struck a crippling blow against a violent narcotics organization on Friday afternoon. The Task Force, which includes representatives from the Detroit Police Department, Sterling Heights Police Department, Michigan State Police, Warren Police Department, and U.S. Immigration Naturalization Service executed five search warrants and arrested six individuals, three of which held high positions within the organization. The agents also seized more than five kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value in excess of $500,000, a quarter kilogram of heroin, two semi-automatic handguns, a shotgun and six vehicles.

Among those arrested was Duryane Chaney the owner/operator of Mr. C's Car Wash, which was the primary location searched on Friday. Chaney has a violent criminal history that includes a conviction on felony weapons possession and assault with a dangerous weapon.

The organization was responsible for distributing multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine and heroin on Detroit's westside. By attacking the organization's command and control this group of individuals will no longer be capable of furthering their illicit enterprise.

Detroit DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Michael Braun credited the success of this operation to the exceptional cooperation between the numerous law enforcement agencies that were involved. In particular, SAC Braun recognized Task Force Agent Ron Carver, of the Warren Police Department for his investigative and organizational efforts on this investigation.

The investigation is ongoing with the agents in pursuit of additional members within the organization as well as the source(s) of supply for the cocaine and heroin.


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