Detroit police raid homes of criminal activity in 'Operation Eye to Eye'

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Armed and ready to attack, Detroit Police and other law enforcement targeted a drug house in the 8400 block of Pingree, in the Midtown area.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig and officers conducted an arrest blitz Thursday afternoon.

About 400 officers and troopers took part in “Operation Eye to Eye.”

DPD was assisted by Michigan State Police, ATF, County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, Border Control, EMS, and many other law enforcement agencies.

Thirteen raids happened simultaneously Thursday afternoon during the operation.

At the Pingree address police made three arrests.

One suspect admitted she came to the abandon home buy dope.

A K-9 officer found 20 pieces of crack cocaine and police uncovered a number of prescription pills.

"There are a lot of abandoned locations throughout Detroit that people set their shops, their drug dens” said Chief Craig.

The operation was dedicated to Angelo Henderson. 

Its name, “Eye to Eye,” came from Henderson’s Pulitzer Prize winning article.

"I’m glad it happened today," said Mary Hariston.

Hariston lives next door to the drug house. She feared for her life and her family’s lives before the drug bust.

"It's hard to know what's going to happen day to day,” said Hariston.  “In the morning you just wonder what's going to happen next."

“This should be a message to those who engage in crime,” said Chief Craig.  “We don't care if it's sunny or snowing.  We’re gonna come."

So far 13 suspects have been arrested for felonies and three suspects for misdemeanors.

They were booked at Ford Field and taken to the Detroit Detention Center.

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