Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Around 1:00 this afternoon I was surprised to learn that the Citgo gas station on S. Huron Street in Ypsilanti had been raided by Homeland Security and U.S. Secret Service. When I arrived at the Citgo station minutes later I found that indeed the station was shut down and closed to the public. Several officers, some wearing Homeland Security emblazoned jackets, were visible walking in and out of the gas station. I assume that the other people on the scene were Secret Service agents.

As I walked onto the grounds of the gas station with my camera I was immediately approached by a Secret Service agent who very politely told me to stay off the property, which I promptly did, of course. I mean, who's going to tangle with U.S. Secret Service? Certainly not I.

According to mlive, officers were seen taking boxes out of the gas station which were then being searched. When I arrived at the scene several official vehicles were blocking each of the entrances in to the Citgo parking lot.

Several of the residents who live on the street just behind the station were out in front of their homes talking about the situation and speculating as to what was happening half a block away.

Late breaking information is just being reported by Local 4 News Detroit that search warrants are being executed at eight gas stations in Southeast Michigan.

Stay tuned for updates.

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press

Citgo gas station on S. Huron Street Ypsilanti, Mi. Purple Walrus Press photo.


  1. Something doesn't seem legit with this gas station. Why hasn't it paid taxes or been assessed for taxes since 2014? https://is.bsasoftware.com/bsa.is/TaxServices/ServiceTaxDetails.aspx?dp=11-99-33-012-008&i=3&sna=S+Huron&appid=1&actSn=505&actSna=S+HURON+ST&unit=421&pfriendly=true

  2. Cool story. I got my credit card skimmed in a BP gas station in Belleville a couple of months ago. Local PD didn't care. They need to keep a closer eye on the gas stations around metro detroit. Lots of illegal stuff going on while they funnel money overseas. The were the worst for selling untaxed cigarettes.

  3. Spoke with my bank today, they said multiple counterfeit bills have appeared in the area recently. Secret Service is involved due to that reason. Since they executed a raid, then they have a pretty good idea of where the money is was is coming from.

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