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Southeastern Michigan HIDTA

Mission Statement: The mission of the Southeast Michigan HIDTA is to reduce drug trafficking, related violent crimes, and money laundering in the HIDTA region. This will be accomplished through the coordination and sharing of intelligence, unified law enforcement effort, and community cooperation which will improve the quality of life in Southeastern Michigan.

General Information:
Year of Designation: 1997
Geographic Area of Responsibility:
Michigan: Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties
Contact: (313) 967-4500

Threat Abstract:

The Southeast Michigan HIDTA was designated in 1997. The region is centrally located between Chicago, New York, Toronto and Montreal, all primary urban centers with key roles in the North American drug trade. Michigan accesses an international border with numerous land crossing points and many opportunities for water access. The state's waterways and lakes provide limitless landing options for drug shipping. An extensive interstate highway system traverses the region, and drugs are frequently transported along these routes. The Detroit Metropolitan Airport is a major smuggling route for drugs, and numerous other regional and local airstrips also facilitate the transshipment of narcotics.

The region continues to be a major importation center of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Retail distribution of these substances; conversion and distribution of cocaine into crack; and associated crimes of violence threaten this HIDTA region. Historically the region has been a major consumer and transshipment outlet for Colombian drug organizations based in south Florida and New York, Mexican organizations centered in the Southwest, and Middle Eastern heroin organizations. Recent indicators, however, demonstrate that the region is increasingly a hub for the operations of Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

Strategy Abstract:

An Executive Committee comprised of 8 federal and 8 state and local law enforcement leaders in the Southeast Michigan region, through sub-committees, coordinates the integration and synchronization of efforts to reduce drug trafficking; eliminates unnecessary duplication; systematically improves the sharing of drug intelligence and targeting information; and may utilize specialized task forces to concentrate on particular areas of criminal activity associated with drug trafficking.

Southeast Michigan HIDTA initiatives focus on multi-level drug trafficking. To accomplish this, the Southeast Michigan HIDTA Executive Committee has adopted a three-tiered strategy to counter drug trafficking. Level One Initiatives focus on "street level" drug trafficking. Level Two Initiatives focus on drug traffickers and the importation of drugs into Southeast Michigan. Level Three Initiatives focus on the major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Current and future initiatives will provide multi-agency efforts that will support the goals of this strategy. All Initiatives integrate with the Investigative Support and Deconfliction Center through the use of the Deconfliction Center and through intelligence support from the Investigative Support Center. Southeast Michigan HIDTA Initiatives that implement this strategy include: seventeen enforcement/interdiction initiatives, one initiative that focuses on community cooperation and involvement and deals primarily with "street level" traffickers; five initiatives that contain elements of both level one and level two traffickers; three initiatives that respond to drug related homicides; one initiative that focuses on level two drug-related violent crime offenders; two initiatives that focus on drugs being shipped via parcel package delivery and through the airlines; two initiatives that focus on drug couriers and the hotels they use; two initiatives that respond to the major drug trafficking organizations operating in the HIDTA region; and one initiative that provides money laundering/financial crime expertise to all Southeast Michigan HIDTA initiatives.

There are two support initiatives in addition to the enforcement/interdiction initiatives: a technical support section with the Michigan State Police that provides equipment and technical expertise to the HIDTA region and a combined Michigan State Police and Detroit Police Department forensic science initiative.

Investigative Support Center:

The Southeast Michigan HIDTA Investigative Support and Deconfliction Center (ISDC) is the centerpiece of the HIDTA as it provides the collocation and commingling of vital federal, state and local law enforcement personnel and databases that are available to assist all area law enforcement agencies in Counterdrug investigations and interdiction. The ISDC provides responsive deconfliction, pointer index, case support, intelligence fusion, and target information to all participating agencies and task forces. The ISDC develops the strategic intelligence necessary to dismantle the financial infrastructures of the targeted major drug trafficking organizations operating in the region. The Southeast Michigan HIDTA ISDC is structured and prepared to seamlessly implement and fully participate in the General Counterdrug Intelligence Plan (GCIP).

Initiatives that were approved to implement the FY 2000 SEM HIDTA Strategy include:

  1. Safe Streets Initiative—a collocated, multi-agency initiative to reduce violent street level drug trafficking by federal fugitives and state drug law violators within geographically defined neighborhoods and communities within the HIDTA region.
  2. County of Macomb Enforcement Team—a collocated, multi-agency task force that detects, interdicts, provides surveillance, and apprehends persons and assets involved in narcotics trafficking and ancillary violent crimes in Macomb County.
  3. Downriver Area Narcotics Organization—a collocated, state and local task force that identifies, targets, and disrupts individuals and organizations engaging in drug trafficking activities in the downriver area of Wayne County.
  4. Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team—a collocated, multi-agency task force who identify and arrest criminal gang members for drug trafficking activities.
  5. Western Wayne Narcotics—a collocated state and local task force that detects, interdicts, and apprehends persons and assets involved in narcotics trafficking activities in western Wayne County.
  6. Livingston, Jackson, and Washtenaw Narcotics Enforcement Team—a collocated, multi-agency team who target drug trafficking organizations and street gangs importing and supplying cocaine, heroin and marijuana into Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and the surrounding areas.
  7. Hotel Interdiction Task Force—a collocated, multi-agency task force that targets documented regional, national, and international couriers.
  8. Detroit Metropolitan Airport Group—collocated, multi-agency team that investigates, and arrests individuals trafficking drugs through the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
  9. Parcel Interdiction Team—a collocated, multi-agency team that investigates, and arrests individuals who traffic drugs through the various parcel delivery services.
  10. Southeastern Michigan Money Laundering Task Force—a collocated federal and state task force who dismantle the economic infrastructure of major drug organizations operating in southeastern Michigan by intercepting narcotics trafficking profits and targeting money laundering operations in support of requesting HIDTA Initiatives.
  11. Drug Enforcement Administration Group Six—a collocated, multi-agency task force who disrupt illicit drug trafficking in southeastern Michigan by immobilizing targeted violators and drug trafficking organizations.
  12. Conspiracy One Task Force—members from Detroit Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conduct long-term investigations targeting regional, national, and international cocaine trafficking organizations.
  13. Detroit Police Department Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF)—a collocated, multi-agency task force who identify and target significant violent crime, drug and gang activity in Michigan.
  14. Southeast Michigan Forensic Enhancement Initiative—a cooperative effort between Michigan State Police and Detroit Police Department Forensics Services Divisions that facilitates the delivery of forensic services and thereby enhances the prosecution of drug-related violent offenders and increases the solvability of drug-related violent crimes through the use of state-of-the-art technology.
  15. Michigan State Police Technical Support Section—a collocated, Michigan State Police initiative that provides equipment, expertise, and surveillance to Southeast Michigan HIDTA drug task force initiatives and multi-agency violent crime teams within the HIDTA region.
  16. REDRUM Task Force—a collocated, multi-agency team who identify, apprehend and prosecute individuals and groups responsible for drug related homicides in the City of Detroit and Wayne County.
  17. OAKFORCE—a collocated, multi-agency team who identify, apprehend and prosecute individuals and groups responsible for drug related homicides in the City of Pontiac and Oakland County.
  18. Investigative Support and Deconfliction Center—a collocated, multi-agency group that provides responsive deconfliction, pointer index, case support, intelligence fusion, and target information to the Southeast Michigan HIDTA region in order to enhance officer safety through deconfliction, reduce duplication of efforts, enhance cross-case analysis, and ensure the Southeast Michigan HIDTA Executive Committee is provided sufficient information to prioritize initiative efforts.

Outcomes:

The Southeast Michigan HIDTA is one of the first, if not only, HIDTAs to successfully collocate intelligence analysts from the DEA, FBI, US Customs Service, State Police Michigan and city police department Detroit. This monumental accomplishment could not have been achieved without the dedication and commitment to the HIDTA philosophy of the agencies within the Southeast Michigan HIDTA Executive Committee and the HIDTA region. Another added value of the Southeast Michigan HIDTA is the ability for economically constrained agencies participating in Southeast Michigan HIDTA Initiatives to potentiate their resources through access to the one-stop-shopping of the Investigative Support and Deconfliction Center and the increased resources available to them through the HIDTA program.

Additionally, the HIDTA philosophy has fostered an air of cooperation among federal, state and local departments that was previously non-existent. Agencies that would avoid each other prior to designation of the HIDTA are now successfully participating in joint operations and task forces. In FY 2000, deconfliction services were made available for the first time outside the Southeast Michigan HIDTA core region to include areas such as St. Clair County in the thumb region of Michigan and Kent County on the west-side of Michigan.

Participating Agencies:

Federal: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Internal Revenue Service, United States Attorney's Office, United States Border Patrol, United States Customs Service, United States Marshal Service

State: Michigan State Police and Michigan National Guard

Local: Allen Park Police Department, Ann Arbor Police Department, Brownstone Township Police Department, Canton Township Police Department, Chesterfield Township Police Department, Dearborn Police Department, Detroit Police Department, Ecorse Police Department, Ferndale Police Department, Garden City Police Department, Grosse Isle Police Department, Hamtramck Police Department, Hazel Park Police Department, Highland Park Police Department, Huron Township Police Department, Livonia Police Department, Macomb County Sheriff's Department, Madison Heights Police Department, Melvindale Police Department, Northfield Township Police Department, Northville Township Police Department, Novi Police Department, Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Oxford Police Department, Pittsfield Police Department, Pontiac Police Department, Redford Police Department, River Rouge Police Department, Romulus Police Department, Shelby Township Police Department, Southfield Police Department, Taylor Police Department, Trenton Police Department, Troy Police Department, Van Buren Township Police Department, Warren Police Department, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office, Waterford Police Department, Wayne County Airport Police, Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Wyandotte Police Department, Ypsilanti Police Department

Information is provided by the Southeast Michigan HIDTA.

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