Originally formed in 1968 as the Narcotics Unit, the Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad is the oldest multi-jurisdictional drug task force in Michigan. The original team had only five officers and the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office was one of the original law enforcement agencies to assign personnel to this team. In 1974, the Michigan State Police assumed supervision of the Metro Squad when (ret) Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth joined as a MSP Sergeant. In 1975 retired Ingham County Sheriff Wriggelsworth was promoted to Lieutenant, and with Lieutenant Paul Whitford they supervised the squad until his election to Sheriff in 1988. Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad has gone on to serve as a model for other drug task forces developed across the State of Michigan.
The Metro Squad’s mission is to investigate, arrest, and prosecute drug traffickers at all levels with emphasis on mid to upper level drug trafficking. In addition to narcotics investigations the team also provides investigative support to local agencies within Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties on area homicides, shootings, and other violent crimes.
In addition to assistance from the County Prosecutor’s Office and clerical staff, Metro Team members represent the following law enforcement agencies:
- Michigan State Police
- Ingham County Sheriff’s Office
- Eaton County Sheriff’s Office
- Clinton County Sheriff’s Office
- Lansing Police Department
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