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Detroit BEST seize guns and drugs, 3 arrested

DETROIT - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Detroit Police Department announced Thursday the arrests of three individuals involved in a drug trafficking scheme. Eight firearms and a half-kilogram of heroin, valued at $1.5 million were seized during the operation.

The seizure occurred late Wednesday as officers and agents with the Detroit Border Enforcement Security Taskforce executed a local search warrant at a party store in northwest Detroit. ICE agents, Detroit Police officers and DEA agents executed the search warrant.

Three suspects, who were present during the search warrant, were presented for state prosecution on drugs and weapons possession charges.

Seized during the operation were two fully loaded rifles, and six handguns: a 12 gauge, a Remington rifle, three revolvers and three .9mm semi automatic handguns.

In Detroit, BEST members from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are collocated in the task force. This interaction allows them to share information about criminal networks, such as drug and alien smuggling organizations, weapons and bulk cash smuggling networks, and the supporting infrastructures that sustain them. The task force conducts criminal investigations, and other enforcement actions against violent street gangs and others who pose a threat to public safety at America's northern border.