Props to the Cops: “$7.1 Million in Drugs Seized in Joint Operation” edition

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From a press release:

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy L. Lanier and members from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced today the arrests of 70 suspects for the possession and distribution of firearms and narcotics with a street value of more than $7.1 million.

The joint operation between MPD, ATF, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) was initiated to disrupt and dismantle illegal firearms trafficking, drug trafficking, and fencing operations within the District of Columbia.

On November 2, 2010, “Operation Manic Enterprises” was initiated. An undercover location was set up as a recording studio for a rap artist and was utilized to make the majority of undercover purchases. The operation continued through November 2011.

MPD’s Major Narcotics Unit and federal authorities seized approximately 80 pounds of methamphetamine, 9.6 kilograms of cocaine, 1.25 gallons of PCP, 23.5 pounds of marijuana, heroin and MDMA/ecstasy. The drugs were purchased and seized by the detectives in the investigation. Additionally 161 firearms, including 29 assault weapons were purchased or seized during the undercover operation.

“If these drugs and guns had made it to our streets, the impact would have been devastating to community, said Chief Lanier. This was an extremely dangerous operation. These suspects had bragged about other violent crimes they had committed and had no qualms about killing police officers, guards and other innocent people. All the law enforcement members involved in this operation are to be commended for their bravery.”

Numerous violent crimes were closed with arrests.

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  • It’s about freakin’ time that the cops focus on the guns! Wish soemone would start reporting on the guns and bullets used in all these violent crimes here in DC.

  • Very pleased to see the MPD working with ICE. With drugs coming up from the south, the simple solution is to target the carriers.

  • Wow that’s a huge operation. 1.25 gallons of PCP alone is hard to even imagine. forget “buck naked” you would turn yourself inside out like a slinky.

  • Ahem. They didn’t find $7.1m worth of narcotics.

    They found $7.1m worth of meth, cocaine, PCP, cannabis, heroin, and MDMA.

    Of these, only heroin is a narcotic.

    I know cops aren’t the brightest folks, but

    • in a legal context a narcotic is any controlled substance used illegally.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        Any Schedule I drug is referred to as a narcotic. Only heroin is an opiate. Idiots.

      • I happen to know a bit about the use of legal terms ‘in context’. Attorneys take the definitions of words very seriously. When in doubt, we consult Black’s Law Dictionary.

        Narcotic, n.
        1. An addictive drug, esp. an opiate, that dulls the senses and induces sleep.
        2. A drug that is controlled or prohibited by law.

        Compare that to:

        Controlled substance. Any type of drug whose possession and use is regulated by law, including a narcotic, a stimulant, or a hallucinogen. See DRUG.

        Very few statutes use the term ‘narcotic’ because it is rather inaccurate. For example, alcohol and opiates fit both definitions, while the vast majority of drugs do not. Therefore, most laws use the more accurate term ‘controlled substances’.

      • Wrong. According to DC law, only opiates and cocaine derivatives are narcotics.

        DC Code § 48-901.02. Definitions.

        (15) “Narcotic drug” means any of the following substances, whether produced directly or indirectly by extraction from substances of vegetable origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis:

        (A) Opium, its phenanthrene alkaloids, and their derivatives (except isoquiniline alkaloids of opium);

        (B) Any salt, compound, isomer, derivative, or preparation thereof which is chemically equivalent to or identical with any of the substances referred to in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph;

        (C) Opium poppy and poppy straw;

        (D) Cocaine, its salts, optical and geometric isomers, and salts of isomers;

        (E) Ecgonine, its derivatives, their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers; and

        (F) Any compound, mixture, or preparation that contains any of the substances referred to in this paragraph.

    • Oh, they should totally give all that other stuff back then. The nerve.

  • is there some reason why cocaine is reported in kilograms instead of pounds?

  • Great work MPD. As the family member of multiple people who struggle with bipolar disorder, though, I thought the name “Manic Enterprises” was a little unfortunate. Stigma is so prevalent, it would be nice if people stopped to think about the words they use…

    • You know that they were luring murderers into a trap not operating a legit business right?. Do you think tranquil mind recording studio would have worked? Or politically correct professional audio? I’m suppressed the name was so mild.

  • What’s an illegal “fencing operation”? Were some of the weapons foils and sabers? Is fencing considered a gateway sport?

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