FBI agent shot in Detroit drug raid on west side

- An FBI special agent was shot on Detroit's west side while executing a search warrant Thursday morning.

The incident happened in the area of Dacosta and Fenkell, during a drug raid.

The agent was hospitalized  injury is considered non-life threatening, while four suspects were arrested.

The warrant was part of a two-day multi-agency operation targeting heroin and crack cocaine.

Cell phone video shows FBI, Detroit police and other law enforcement agencies conducting a raid at several homes including some on Derby Street.

Investigators say this is part of a heroin drug trade and other narcotics that's been plaguing metro Detroit.

"It was probably at least 10 cop cars out. two SWAT trucks and on the second block, it looked like they were going from house to house."

This person works in the neighborhood and doesn't want to be identified, but says the drug problem is nothing new. All you have to do is take a look at most of the real estate or what's left of it.

"When I drive down the street, you see abandoned houses, people sleeing on the porches," he said. "You know 10 people on the porch just sitting there all day long and that's just how it's been for years around here."

FOX 2 spoke with people at two of the houses raided.

They claim police got the wrong homes, but didn't want to go on camera. The FBI spokesperson says she cannot comment on those allegations because it's an ongoing investigation.

Authorities say this drug trade stretches throughout Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties, and seeing that Derby is right off west Eight Mile road, the raid witness is not surprised.

"Where does that bus go," he said. "Macomb, Oakland County to Wayne County. It's not just here. Believe that, because it's not too many people in Detroit that's doing heroin, heroin is big in the suburbs.

"Crack and cocaine and weed is big in Detroit, heroin is a suburb problem in my opinion, that's what I think."

Authorities say the three counties have seen a significant rise in the use of heroin causing addictions, overdoes and ultimately killing people.

Many of the cases can be traced back to suppliers along the Woodward corridor.

 

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