Nineteen people, including seven Lansing residents, are behind bars facing federal drug and firearm charges.
Most were arrested following a joint crackdown on drug activity and violent crime last Thursday in northwest Lansing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lansing Police Department. The two agencies had been working on the investigation for two years.
"I believe these 19 individuals are responsible for the majority of the violent crimes that have occurred in our city in the past two years," Police Chief Teresa Szymanski said.
Szymanski says the 19 arrested were working together as "a crew" dabbling in all kinds of drug and gun activity.
"Shooting at things, at people, delivering narcotics, using guns as a felon," she explained.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Merza Mizori, 23, Gregory Dalton, 23, DeShun Dalton, 21, and Serawan Mizori, 22, face multiple drug charges, including possessing and conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana and actually possessing and distributing or conspiring to deliver heroin.
Jerome Houston, 26, faces charges for possessing firearms as a convicted felon, while Keith Houston, 22, is charged with receiving a firearm while under indictment for a felony drug offense.
Brandon Jones, 26, has been charged with possessing firearms as a convicted felon, including an SKS rifle.
And finally, Demanual Porter, 24, and Kevin Henry, 43, are facing drug dealing charges. Names of the others arrested have not been released yet.
"That's going to make our streets safer," Mayor Virg Bernero said. "These were people who were involved in all sorts of bad things."
The 19 people arrested face a rage of punishments if convicted, some up to 20 years in prison.