MPD Announces Big Drug Bust in Shaw

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From MPD:

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District Vice Unit along with detectives from the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division and agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the arrest of nine individuals following a months-long investigation into violence and drug dealing in the Shaw community. Charges include firearms violations, drug distribution and robbery.

During the course of this investigation crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and other evidence associated with these crimes were seized. Police served search warrants in various sections of the District of Columbia including the Shaw area near 8th and R Streets NW, where the group was based. Investigations are ongoing as MPD continues to address citizens’ complaints of loitering and drug dealing.

“This is significant for this community as many of the suspects who were charged did not reside in that neighborhood, but loitered there and committed violent crimes,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “This operation is part of the Metropolitan Police Department’s continued commitment to reduce crime in our neighborhoods.”

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  • Great! Keep up the good work!

  • Didn’t anybody ever tell these guys that crack is whack?

  • One by one MPD seems to be taking them down! It’s amazing it takes so long to build big cases like this. Hope it helps the neighborhood.

  • 8th and R, as in basically on top of the Metro station? I guess I have seen some increased police presence there, but I never saw activity I would have labeled drug dealing.

    • Comical because I lived about a block from there for over a decade and saw evidence of every crime known to mankind. Two murders…multiple other shootings…a stabbing and pretty much daily drug dealing – all within a block. Jim Graham and Michael Taborn saw “no issues” – glad that MPD saw otherwise! Hope they get the max with the school just a block away.

  • Props indeed. Is someone in the Lincoln Westmoorland to blame? I have seen notes on the neighborhood listserv about security concerns there (esp. with Progression Place going in across the street… I think they were raising some concerns).

  • As the city gentrifies, it will be harder and harder for thugs to find safe havens, and the ratio of cops to criminals will increase. Yes, crimes happen everywhere, but I’ll bet big bucks there are far fewer drug dens in Cleveland Park than Trinidad.

    • I am confident that this will put a serious crimp in the O Street Crew’s activities, in spite of the fact that they’ve been in operation in one form or another for the past forty years.

  • Great, now come stand outside Murrys on Georgia Ave for 5 minutes and you could make 10 arrests for drugs

  • Nice work! That particular block has always felt sketchy and more so recently. Glad to see some action!

  • holla – we need you in cap hill south east also after 15th street all the way to the armory

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