Weekend Picks and More Props to MPD


From Emails:

“It’s been a famous December for the Junior League band. Having just returned from the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (see picture!), and a Lissy solo opening show (and solo EP release) with the Grammy nominated Rosanne Cash (see picture!), the Junior League Band returns home to the 9:30 Club this Saturday evening with pals, Justin Jones and the Driving Rain for a Dixieland swinging, gal fronted banjo/fiddle/harp rockin performance.

Doors are at 8pm, tickets are $15”


Suspicious Cheese Lords Christmas Concert, Sat Dec. 19, 2009 7pm

“This coming weekend SCL will present “In dulci jubilo: Music for the Christmas Season” on Saturday, December 19th, at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.

The program will consist of seasonal works spanning over 500 years from the Renaissance to modern day. There will be songs from Poland, Spain, and Germany, works by Renaissance masters such as Palestrina and Victoria, the premiere of a new setting of the nativity text O magnum mysterium (by Cheese Lord, George Cervantes), and carols for all to sing.

Saturday, December 19, 2009, 7pm
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
3900 Harewood Road, NE

Free and open to the public. – $20 requested donation, includes post-concert reception.”

After the jump some more props for MPD.

From a press release:

Metropolitan Police and Federal Partners Seize $1.5 Million in Drugs in Northeast Operation

(Washington, DC) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and members from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced today the arrests of 44 suspects for the possession and distribution of firearms and narcotics with a street value of more than $1.5 million.

The investigation was a joint effort with MPD, ATF, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Both the FBI and ATF were active partners in the undercover effort and the subsequent prosecution of defendants. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia worked quickly to indict and charge the 44 individuals involved.

“The numbers of drugs and weapons are staggering,” said Mayor Fenty. “The men and women who put their lives on the line to go undercover deserve our thanks for making the city safer.”

The undercover operation was set up inside of a Northeast, DC body shop called E.B.’s Auto Shop with five undercover officers posing as international drug traffickers. The first undercover purchase was made on June 24, 2009. Arrests continued through December 2009.

MPD’s Major Narcotics Unit and federal authorities seized nearly five kilograms of cocaine, 49 ounces of PCP, 210 grams of crack cocaine, and 2.5 kilograms of heroin. The drugs were purchased and seized by the detectives in the investigation. Additionally 123 firearms, including 25 assault weapons were purchased or seized during the undercover operation.

“This is an example of the guns, gangs and drugs that are wreaking havoc on the city,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “This is the most successful operation that we’ve done in Washington, DC since the 1970s.”

A ring of violent criminals that were involved in carjackings, home invasion robberies, auto theft, drug dealing, and firearms trafficking were arrested as part of this undercover investigation.

“We are honored to be a part of one of the most successful violent crime initiatives in the District in the last 30 years,” said Richard Marianos, the ATF’s Assistant Special Agent In Charge.

Firearms purchased during the operation were supplied from Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia, and Maryland. Heroin and cocaine originating from Mexico, Guatemala, and Canada was purchased or seized during the investigation.

Defendants were arrested from local areas such as Washington DC, Maryland, and as far away as Mexico and Canada.”

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  • It’s unclear what exactly the MPD did during its months-long undercover operation, but it looks like it involved giving criminals a ton of money in exchange for drugs and guns. The story is very unclear as to whether the money MPD gave to the criminals was subsequently recovered.

    Does anyone *really* believe that this kind of operation is going to shut down the black-market for recreational drugs, and the violence that it brings? Does anyone think it’s even going to make a dent?

    Our public policy towards drugs is worse than brain-dead: it’s cynically designed to “look tough” to the citizenry, and assure continued high budgets for the police-prison-industrial complex, rather than actually try to reduce societal harm and improve net quality-of-life.

    • Go back to West Kansas – ‘West Kansas’ and stop being such a downer! Good job MPD! They put their lives on the line to do DC a service by taking away drugs and guns from dangerous criminals. Of course we need to go after the root cause of the drug/crime trade – but this is still a good job by the MPD. Score one for the good-guys!

  • West Kansas, you’re a fool plain and simple. Think of the women not raped at gunpoint for a change and not whether or not some dolt will drive to Baltimore for a fix. Stop sticking up for the rapists.

  • If you are going to give them props, then you have to be shaking your head at this. This is why so many black people don’t trust the cops. There are more crooked cops than the white people on this blog think.

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  • The cops are just doing their jobs, I don’t think you can fault them, but West Kansas has a point. So they brought down some big operation here, what makes you think there isn’t some other organization waiting in the wings, picking up the market share left unserved by this sting? We need to consider following the lead of the west coast and begin loosening our restrictions on drugs, fromalizing the informal economy.

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