Serial theft, mutilation of a body and prostitution; Warren police detail citywide drug investigation

A crackdown on drugs and illegal activity in Warren has resulted in dozens of arrests and more than 80 felony and misdemeanor charges.

Dubbed Operation PEACE, 39 people were arrested for drug-related offenses such as possession, sale and prostitution over a five-day period in early May.

In addition, a father and son were arrested in connection with a mutilation case involving a corpse found in the parking lot of a dentist’s office.

Operation PEACE

The operation recovered more than $ 79,000 locally and $ 1.7 million at the federal level, Commissioner Bill Dwyer said at a press conference Monday. Eleven other stolen vehicles were recovered as well as a “significant quantity” of narcotics, including fentanyl, cocaine and heroin.

“Warren officers have actively identified problem areas through community assistance neighborhood watch programs and the Warren PAID Police – an acronym for Police Against Illegal Drugs – hotline,” Dwyer said. “Officers carried out Operation PEACE in the community, involving particular residents contributing to multiple overdoses, illegal drug sales and prostitution activities.”

From May 3 to 7, those arrested were between 16 and 64 years old. Those arrested were linked to 41 outstanding criminal warrants.

Some of the most significant charges for which suspects have been arrested include:

  • Delivering fentanyl and heroin, a 20-year crime
  • Exhumation and dismemberment of a corpse, a crime of 10 years
  • Armed robbery, crime of 15 years for life
  • Criminal sexual conduct, 15 years to life
  • Carrying and hiding a gun, a four-year crime
  • Possession of heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, a felony of four years
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle, a felony of five years
  • Running a brothel, a five-year felony

Significant costs

Previous to Operation PEACE – Police Enforcement and Community Engagement – was an investigation into a suspected serial armed robbery that had struck several gas stations and 7 Eleven convenience stores in Warren, Eastpointe and St. Clair Shores.

“Officers have identified a 32-year-old suspect and launched a lookout. Special operations officers arrested the suspect in Warren after committing criminal theft from a stolen vehicle,” Dwyer said.

A search warrant at the individual’s residence revealed evidence linking him to several other thefts in the tri-county area. His bail was set at $ 100,000

During an arrest during Operation PEACE, officers recovered $ 70,000 in cash and narcotics from a pharmacy. In another arrest at 9 Mile Road and Hoover, officers observing heavy vehicle traffic to a residence discovered a brothel and arrested two women. Crack and drugs were also recovered.

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Police have also made progress in a case involving a man who died at a dentist. Officers obtained felony warrants against a father and son from Centerline. A search warrant executed at their home resulted in their arrest. The two men were charged with mutilating a corpse. Dwyer declined to comment further on the case, but said more information would be available in the near future.

Dwyer also referred to the Warren Manor apartment complex, which has become a notorious location that has attracted more than a thousand police calls since 2020.

While the police department has been in contact with property managers at the complex, Mayor Jim Fouts said the city would consider looking for alternative solutions due to mismanagement of the area.

“I want to let them know, either they’re cleaning up this place or we’re going to look at the nuisance and the reduction,” Fouts said. “It might be a threatening statement to make, but we won’t tolerate this kind of situation, so if it comes down to that, there will be nuisance and cutbacks there.”

The operation recovered more than $ 79,000 locally and $ 1.7 million at the federal level, Commissioner Bill Dwyer said.

A total of 39 people were arrested during the five-day operation.

While most of the charges were drug-related, suspects were also arrested for theft and prostitution.

Those arrested were between 16 and 64 years old.

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