Drive-through heroin operation shut down near school in Detroit

13 men charged with running heroin operation within 1,000 feet of school

By Shawn Ley - Reporter , Derick Hutchinson

DETROIT - Police busted a major drive-through style heroin operation right across from a school playground in Detroit.

Detroit's heroin problem has gotten so bad, visitors at this drug house didn't even have to get out of their cars, police said. Investigators found the heroin operation being run like a drive-through.

The operation was found in broad daylight at the corner of Strasburg Street and State Fair Avenue in plain view of a middle school, police said. Children are surrounded by three vacant houses on each side of the playground during recess.

Parents and school officials apparently had no idea that the vacant houses left to rot there provided the perfect cover for a drug gang to operate freely for the last four years.

Police charged 13 men with running an out-in-the-open heroin drive-through on Strasburg Street, within 1,000 feet of Pulaski Elementary.

Investigators said the business worked just like a fast-food restaurant, with 150 cars packed with customers pulling up each day. Drugs were delivered from the house, including heroin, cocaine and fentanyl, police said. Business was so good that the gang took in $5,000 per day.

Police are linking the sales to multiple deaths due to customers overdosing on lethal hits of fentanyl.

"I don't like it," said Rochelle Young, who lives nearby. "Shut it down."

Young is a mother of four. She said she's glad an operation was shut down because the neighborhood is soaked with so much heroin and so many customers that her children watched addicts shoot up right in front of them.

"I'm like, 'They don't care about children generation. They don't care,'" Young said.

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