MSP: Drugs, gunshots led to 2 arrests in Wayne County

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Two Wayne County residents are facing drug and weapons charges after run-ins with Michigan State Police this week.

In one case, troopers assigned to the Metro South Post spotted a man walking down Michigan Avenue at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday who had an outstanding felony arrest warrant, state police said in a statement.

That wasn’t all, though. The 27-year-old from Inkster also “had a bag of suspected crack cocaine in his front left pocket,” the release read.

The man was arrested and held at the Inkster Police Department.

In another case, Metro South Post troopers at about 3 a.m. Thursday were on a traffic stop near Davison and Linwood in Detroit “when they heard approximately 10 to 13 gunshots fired in an unknown direction,” officials said. “They observed muzzle flashes from the north of their location.”

After waiting for backup, the troopers canvassed the area and found a 28-year-old Detroit man walking down Grand. As they talked with him, “the barrel of a 9 mm pistol could be seen protruding from below his shirt line in the front of his waistband,” state police said.

The man told them he had shot about six rounds in the air “out of frustration” and showed the troopers the firing spot, according to the statement.

That’s where troopers found 13 shell casings that matched the caliber of his unregistered weapon, which the man said he bought from “some guy” on Eight Mile, authorities said.

The man was given a preliminary breath test; the results showed a blood alcohol level of 0.14, MSP said. He was arrested and held at the Detroit Detention Center pending a prosecutor’s review.