Police conduct Operation Mistletoe to crack down on crime in Detroit neighborhoods

(WXYZ) - A major crackdown is under way in one of the most dangerous parts of Detroit's west side.

Detroit Police, Wayne County Sheriff's deputies, Michigan State Police and U.S. Customs & Border Patrol, US Attorney's Office, the Michigan Department of Corrections, and Wayne State University Police were conducting massive raids as part of "Operation Mistletoe" near Quincy and Clairmont.

More than 300 law enforcement personnel were involved in the operation.  About 54 of those participating were from agencies outside the Detroit Police Department.

Several raids are taking place within a 1.2 mile radius of Grand River and Joy Road.

Chief James Craig took part a several of them.  As police were arresting one suspect, his cell phone was ringing.

Chief Craig and Assistant Chief Eric Jones answered the phone.  A caller could be heard shouting "They're every where… they're every where.  Get out now."

When Assistant Chief Jones asked the caller about his location, the caller hung up the phone.

The caller seemed to be unaware he was talking to the head of the police department.

So far 37 arrests have been made after the narcotics and crime sting. Authorities are now securing vacant homes in the area, by boarding them up.

Chief Craig says they are taking an aggressive approach to cleaning up the most crime ridden neighborhoods.

He apologized to residents in the area who have had to live in the criminal element for so long. He could also be seen delivering gift baskets to people who live in the area.

His message to criminals: Get out of Detroit.  "In Early January 2014… ‘Operation Icebreaker' coming to a neighborhood near you."

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