Detroit police crack down on criminal activity at gas stations

Detroit police performed a sweep at the start of the holiday weekend, with part of it focusing on keeping criminals off the property at gas stations.

Operation Safe Pump leads the chief of Detroit Police to an east side Mobile gas station. 

Police say it's a magnet for crime and once they arrived the proof was right in front of their eyes 

"There's 16 individual packaged, commonly called 'apple packs' of marijuana," said  Rodney Cox.

The drugs were seized and one person is taken into police custody.

Then Police Chief James Craig confronts gas station owner Abdul Hizam about the illegal activity at his station.

"But there was dope in here today," Craig asked.

"No he came in and made a transaction," said Hizam. "As soon as I knocked, 'what are you doing' ... he just made one sale."

That's dope dealing inside," Craig said to him.

Police say this station near Denby High School is a problem and has had at least 60 calls for police service in the month of April.

"We've had shootings, we've had aggravated assaults, we've had narcotics transactions," Cox said. "This is over a three month period." 

Craig says business owners Ike Hizam are being called on to do more to help police clean up the city.

 "We're doing these city-wide," Craig said. "We are focused on this area because we've had an increase in violence and we know the violence is tied to the gas stations."

The gas station owner says he's trying to do good business but instead he gets threats telling him not to be a snitch. 

"We're working out something right now, where we might have to get a security guard in here to help out and keep an eye on what's going on," Hizams said.
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