FBI Detroit
Special Agent Mara Schneider
(313) 965-5749
December 10, 2015

FBI Special Agent Shot in Anti-Drug Operation

This morning, while executing a federal search warrant in the area of Dacosta and Fenkell in Detroit, a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was shot. He has been taken to a local hospital, where he is receiving medical treatment. His injuries are considered non-life-threatening. An assault on federal officer investigation has been opened. Four subjects have been detained. One juvenile has been released.

Today’s warrant was part of a two-day, multi-agency operation targeting heroin and crack cocaine dealers and distributors in Southeast Michigan. This operation was led by the Oakland County Gang and Violent Crime Task Force. Members of this task force include the FBI, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Royal Oak Police Department, Troy Police Department, Michigan Department of Corrections-Parole, Immigration Customs Enforcement-Enforcement Removal Office, Southfield Police Department, and Bloomfield Township Police Department.

These search warrants were also executed in partnership with FBI Violent Gang Task Force, FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, FBI Macomb Gang and Violent Crime Task Force, Detroit Police Department, Oakland County Narcotic Enforcement Team (NET), and Drug Enforcement Administration.

Significant support was also provided by canine officers and their handlers from Michigan State Police, Oakland County Sheriff, Troy Police Department, Royal Oak Police Department, Southfield Police Department, Shelby Township Police Department, St. Clair Shores Police Department, and Roseville Police Department.

In addition to today’s search location, this joint operation targeted the trade and trafficking of heroin and other narcotics in and around the area of Derby Street in Detroit. These searches are part of an ongoing effort to disrupt the illegal distribution of heroin, and disable the drug trade in Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties.

The tri-county area has seen a significant rise in the use of heroin, resulting in an increase of addictions, overdoses, and deaths in these counties. This week’s searches are part of a continuing effort to eliminate the ability of traffickers in these counties to supply the heroin that is fueling addiction and, ultimately, responsible for an alarming number of fatalities.