Detroit Police Crack Down On Illegal Marijuana Sales

WWJ News
January 28, 2020 - 12:11 pm

WWJ/ Vickie Thomas

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit police have made arrests, seized guns and issued tickets as a result of a special crackdown on criminals involved in illegal sales of marijuana and other drugs.

Police Chief James Craig launched the operation last week after a spike in violent crime connected to the black market sale of marijuana. The strategy focused on reducing violent crimes by individuals illegally possessing firearms.

Over the past week, officers have made 23 arrests, seized 11 guns and 10 vehicles and issued 115 ordinance violations including 21 misdemeanor tickets.

"Our team went out and made a great effort, and I'm thankful for their work," Craig said in a statement. "This effort is really to focus on the violence and buyers and sellers who are illegally carrying guns."

As a result of the operations since January 22, preliminary there have been: 

  • 19 felony arrests (4 carrying a concealed weapon, 9 violation of controlled substance act, 1 warrant, 5 felony violations)
  • 4 misdemeanor arrests (violation of controlled substance act - marijuana related)
  • 11 guns seized (2 rifles, 9 handguns)
  • 115 ordinances issued (including 21 misdemeanor tickets)
  • 10 vehicles seized
  • Narcotics confiscated, including 8 grams of suspected cocaine, 6 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 132 suspected pills, 150 grams of suspected marijuana, and a 36 additional zip-lock bags of suspected marijuana