Detroit wants to close Victory Inn motel raided by feds
Detroit — The city is trying to shutter a west-side motel portrayed by federal officials as a drug-riddled brothel.
The city’s Law Department targeted the Victory Inn motel in a lawsuit filed Friday, one day after a high-profile raid by 150 law-enforcement personnel prompted by reports of human trafficking and widespread drug use.
The motel on Michigan Avenue, east of Wyoming, is a public nuisance and being used for prostitution, drug sales and consumption, and other illegal conduct, according to the city’s lawsuit. The city wants a Wayne County Circuit judge to shutter the motel for one year and order the removal and sale of all furniture and fixtures.
Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Colombo Jr. will consider the city’s request during a Jan. 27 hearing.
According to the lawsuit, the owner of the motel is Jay Shiyaram Inc., which state business records show was dissolved in 2011.
Motel management has not responded to a message seeking comment.
Meanwhile, a convicted drug dealer from Detroit accused of drug conspiracy and sex trafficking crimes at the motel appeared briefly Tuesday in federal court.
Michael Randol, 41, met with his lawyer and will return to court Friday, at which time a federal magistrate will decide whether to release him on bond.