ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and deputies with the U.S. Marshals Service have arrested the accused leader of a sophisticated human trafficking and narcotics distribution operation in Detroit in Monroe, Michigan.
Darrick Bell, 50, aka Tone or Ghost, a U.S. citizen, was the subject of a nearly three-year manhunt, following the takedown of a large-scale human trafficking operation at the now-demolished Victory Inn Motel in Detroit.
He was arrested late Wednesday at the Econo Lodge in Monroe.
Authorities found nearly $12,000 and a quantity of suspected cocaine in Bell’s motel room. Authorities also arrested a female defendant who is facing drug charges.
Bell and five other defendants were charged in a 9-count indictment with trafficking in persons, drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion collection and conspiracy, among other charges.
(Detroit’s Most Wanted: Darrick ‘Ghost’ Bell. Courtesy of WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7 and YouTube. Posted on Mar 31, 2017)
He allegedly absconded before nearly 200 law enforcement personnel descended on the Victory Inn in Detroit January 2017, in one the largest human trafficking enforcement operations in the city’s history.
The sophisticated operation at the motel allegedly was manned by lookouts and armed enforcers.
HSI special agents and deputy U.S. Marshals are actively investigating persons who aided and abetted Bell to evade capture.
HSI – A Diverse, Global Force
HSI is a critical investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security and is a vital U.S. asset in combating criminal organizations illegally exploiting America’s travel, trade, financial and immigration systems.
HSI’s international force is the department’s largest investigative presence abroad and gives HSI one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.
(Law enforcement can more effectively collaborate to form a force multiplier of resources and capabilities in the ever-expanding global world of crime. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) bridges the gap. HSI has the ability to follow the “pipeline” and to proactively pursue the larger networks of illicit activities. HSI can serve as a force multiplier from anywhere domestic; from Minot, ND to New York City – to almost anywhere around the world with our international partners, either through the Transnational Criminal Investigative Units (TCIU’s) – which expand HSI’s footprint and enhance cooperation between partner nations and the United States – or through our 63 HSI International Attaché offices. State and Local law enforcement has the ability to leverage HSI’s unique legal authorities and global footprint to help combat crimes in their community; such as the growth and proliferation of transnational crimes and the rampant and far reaching cyber crimes – most notably, the darknet. Courtesy of the TheIACP and YouTube.)
HSI has broad legal authority to enforce a diverse array of federal statutes, and uses this uses this authority to investigate all types of cross-border criminal activity, which includes:
Financial crimes, money laundering and bulk cash smuggling;
Commercial fraud and intellectual property theft;
Human rights violations;
Human smuggling and trafficking;
Immigration, document and benefit fraud;
Narcotics and weapons smuggling/trafficking;
Transnational gang activity;
Export enforcement; and,
International art and antiquity theft.
The threats presented by criminals in these areas have far-reaching consequences.
In response, HSI uses a versatile approach to conducting its operations so that it can achieve the best results for the nation and its people.
(U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety. ICE was created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the former U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 46 foreign countries. Courtesy of ICE.)
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