Police: Seniors' apartments used for drug sales in Detroit - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Police: Seniors' apartments used for drug sales in Detroit

Posted: Updated:
Orchestra Tower apartment complex in Detroit Orchestra Tower apartment complex in Detroit
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Investigators raided two apartment complexes in Detroit trying to get drugs off the streets and give seniors peace of mind.

"The senior population is a vulnerable population. People take advantage of that. They know where the weaknesses are, and they're going to prey on those individuals," said Wayne County Undersheriff Daniel Pfannes.

Investigators from several different agencies descended on the Orchestra Tower Apartments on Woodward and another housing complex as part of a massive drug sweep called "Save Our Seniors." A tip into the Detroit Housing Commission in 2012 led to Monday's effort.

"These people took advantage of force and coercion to work their way into these individuals' homes," Pfannes said. "Basically told them we're going to sell drugs out of your apartment, and there's nothing that you can do for it."

Undercover officers were eventually sent into the apartment complexes to make buys. The investigation will amount to some 40 arrests.

The reaction from residents was overwhelming.

"We were applauded as we came in. People still giving us tips, thank you, look here, look there, don't go away," said Chief Anthony Holt from Wayne State University Public Safety. "You get the community to support you like this, this makes the job very worthwhile."

The suspects range in age from 20 to 60 years old. They will face a number of charges on both the state and federal levels.

"We continue to work in a collaborative law enforcement environment here in Detroit making sure that the most vulnerable segment of our society is safe," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Daryl McCrary.

Investigators said marijuana, cocaine and heroin were being sold out of those apartments.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • M-1 RAIL PROJECT ALTERS D-DOT BUS ROUTE

    M-1 RAIL PROJECT ALTERS D-DOT BUS ROUTE

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:14 AM EDT2014-09-15 08:14:02 GMT
    Important information concerning the M-1 Rail Project's effect on an important D-Dot bus route. D-Dot route number 53 along Woodward Avenue has been re-routed to Cass Avenue. It will not be available on Woodward between Adams and Mack.
    Important information concerning the M-1 Rail Project's effect on an important D-Dot bus route. D-Dot route number 53 along Woodward Avenue has been re-routed to Cass Avenue. It will not be available on Woodward between Adams and Mack.
  • Family believes missing man shot, abducted

    Family believes missing man shot, abducted

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-09-15 03:50:53 GMT
    The family of a 20 year old man says he was shot in Detroit and now he's missing. The family of Mike Bryson made an emotional plea Sunday, asking the public for help to find him.
    The family of a 20 year old man says he was shot in Detroit and now he's missing. The family of Mike Bryson made an emotional plea Sunday, asking the public for help to find him.
  • Police: 7-year-old girl shot while playing outside

    Police: 7-year-old girl shot while playing outside

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-09-15 03:19:22 GMT
    Detroit Police are investigating a shooting Sunday that left a 7-year-old girl in critical condition.
    Detroit Police are investigating a shooting Sunday that left a 7-year-old girl in critical condition.
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices