FLINT, MI – Federal agents claim they discovered drugs, guns and counter-surveillance equipment when they executed search warrants at four Southeast Michigan buildings believed to be used for drug trafficking.
Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at 6:55 a.m. on Oct. 19 at a Flint commercial building investigators say is being used for drug trafficking, according to search warrants filed Oct. 25 in Detroit U.S. District Court.
The warehouse at 3711 Gorey Ave., near Center Road and Robert T. Longway Boulevard, had a “Diverse Business Center” sign on the front, a six-foot fence around the parking lot and “private property” signs on the fence.
The building is located almost at the very end of Gorey Avenue off of Center Road.
A phone number listed for the facility was disconnected.
Federal authorities executed search warrants Oct. 19 at three other locations in Metro Detroit they believed were associated with the investigation. All of the searches were done within 10 minutes of each other.
Names of individuals associated with the investigation are not being released because they have not been charged with a crime related to the searches. The case is currently filed under seal in Detroit U.S. District Court.
Court records show officials believe a man targeted in the investigation was using the Flint building as part of a drug trafficking organization, particularly using it to store drugs, drug paraphernalia and assets purchased with drug proceeds.
Agents seized four bags with suspected marijuana, an ammunition magazine for a .40-caliber handgun and miscellaneous documents from the building, court documents said.
Federal drug agents also searched a home in Southfield and two in Detroit believed to be used by the same suspect.
A home on Negaunee Street in Southfield was believed to be the man’s primary residence, court records claim.
DEA agents seized seven bags and a dozen smaller baggies of suspected marijuana, four handguns, three rifles, ammunition, miscellaneous medical marijuana cards, multiple cell phones and other electronics, a Rolex watch and other assorted jewelry, according to court records.
Agents also searched a home on Greydale Avenue in Detroit that investigators believed the man used to traffic drugs.
Investigators claim they found more marijuana, various pills and and packages of an unknown brown substance in the home.
Court records claim they also discovered a portable bug detector, a fake iPhone recording device, a hidden camera locator, shotgun, suspected ledgers, money counter, scales and more cellphones.
DEA agents allegedly discovered 340 suspected marijuana plants when they searched the fourth location, a home on Westbrook St. in Detroit.
MLive-The Flint Journal could not reach DEA officials for comment.