Danny Lee Woods

Danny Lee Woods is seen in a 2015 booking photo. (Credit: Michigan Department of Corrections)

Detroit Man Gets 20 Years In Federal Prison For Selling Crack, Heroin At Playground

July 29, 2019 - 12:39 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for selling dangerous drugs at a neighborhood park.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 46-year-old Danny Lee Woods was on parole when he was caught selling crack cocaine and heroin laced with fentanyl at Sasser Playground at Moross and I-94 on Detroit's east side.

Police said Woods had a loaded handgun on him at the time, which he later hid behind a tree as he was being surveilled by police. 

Woods was arrested at the scene and pleaded guilty in February. As part of his plea, he agreed that he qualified as a Career Offender.

“Danny Lee Woods put innocent lives in danger when he chose to sell drugs and toss a handgun in a public park,” said Special Agent in Charge James Deir. “Instead of improving his life following previous felony convictions, Woods continued to break the law. ATF stands with our law enforcement partners to rid our community of dangerous individuals.” 

This case was investigated by special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in partnership with Detroit police.

“Parks should be a place where families feel safe to gather,” said United States Attorney Matthew Schneider, in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with our local police partners to prosecute violent offenders who threaten us, so we can protect innocent children and families who just want to enjoy a nice day at the park.” 

 “Our families deserve to have safe and drug free parks and we will not tolerate behavior that will compromise the well-being of our residents," added Detroit Police Chief James Craig. We will continue our efforts in working with our federal agencies in attacking the drug epidemic that plagues our society and dampens the quality of life within our communities.”     

Michigan Department of Corrections records show Woods has an extensive criminal history dating back to the 1990s. He has numerous past convictios for drugs, assault, fleeing and eluding police, firearms and other charges.