Detroit — More than 30 alleged members of the Southwest Detroit street gang known as the Latin Counts have been indicted on federal drug and firearm charges, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said Friday.
She also said five of the 33 suspects were indicted on racketeering charges as well.
“We’re hopeful this sends a powerful message that we won’t tolerate crime,” she said.
McQuade made the remarks at a media conference Friday.
She said the suspects were indicted on charges including distribution of cocaine, heroin and firearm possession. She declined to say if drugs were seized during their arrests or how much revenue their alleged drug operation generated.
Agencies that are part of Detroit One, a coalition created a year ago to reduce violence in Detroit, arrested the suspects, McQuade said.
Detroit One is made up of the FBI, the Detroit Police, Homeland Security, Lincoln Park Police, Michigan State Police and the state Department of Corrections.
Since its inception, the coalition’s efforts have resulted in more than 100 arrests and charges against more than 140 people, she said.
Representatives from several of its agencies, including FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Abbate, Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Marlon Miller, Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge, joined McQuade.
“This is an exciting day,” said Craig. “And the message today is we’re not done.”
The five suspects indicted on racketeering charges are Victor Vasquez, 23, of Detroit; Avery Denardis, 20, of Dearborn; Jeffrey Lunsford, 34, of Ecorse; Kyle Voltz, 24, of Lincoln Park and Jacob Hixson, 20, of Detroit, McQuade said.
Vasquez also is accused of being involved in the fatal April shooting of Mustafa Al-Yarsiry. Several Latin Count members allegedly assaulted Al-Yarsiry at the Big Apple Market in Detroit and one gunned him down, officials said.
In a separate case, Tim Galvan, 32, and Luke Reardon, 23, both of Detroit, were indicted for felony firearm possession, McQuade said.