“Synthetic marijuana sales and use in this area are a huge concern.”

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From MPD:

“Our efforts in the 900 block of G St., N.W. are really making a difference and I wanted to take a moment and give the community a brief update on our progress. Synthetic marijuana sales and use in this area are a huge concern. In this block over the past week Metropolitan Police Department officers have arrested 8 individuals for distribution of synthetic marijuana, and seized over 100 grams of the drug. Also during this period officers have arrested numerous individuals that congregate in this block for their outstanding arrest warrants. We plan to continue this type of enforcement and we plan on similar and even greater success, with a goal of eliminating any and all criminal activity in this block. I want to thank our community members that have assisting MPD with information on these criminals; Continued assistance and support from our community is essential in this type of problem. Thank you for your time and be safe.”

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  • Huh. And I thought people were hanging out there to take a cowboy shower and have a piss at MLK.

    • You beat me to the punch on that one.

    • justinbc

      Yeah for being one of the few large, publicly available resources to the city it’s incredible how bad they’ve allowed it to be over the years. If they ever actually do redesign the library I hope they do a better job keeping the area around it cleaned up so people are more encouraged to go there. As it is now I intentionally redirect all my routes across this part of town to be a block north or south.

      • I’m the same. Ignoring bleeding heartism support for the downtrodden, I find no joy walking through a gantlet of deranged and antisocial maniacs while gagging on the stench of stale urine, blunts, and human sh!t. Please do more to clean up this block and perhaps encourage more engagement with the whole community on this block. Bravo MPD and keep up the good work.

  • WHY DID THIS TAKE SO LONG. I have watched this area turn into an absolute sh*t show over the past two years. Seems like MPD could have gotten their act together a lot sooner.

    • I’ve lived in DC for a decade. There’s always been an awful element to the people congregating at that corner.

      • I have lived here that long as well and have to say, it has gotten measurably worse there the last two years. I walked by just earlier this week and was very floored by just how bad. Sometimes I think the city should really level 9th to 6th streets and start over.

  • can this be done for the CH metro and the corner of 11th and lamont too?

    • +1000

    • It is amazing how quickly the corner of 11th and Lamont, in front of that Laundromat has fallen. There was always the occasional couple drunk hispanic guys hanging out there, but over the past ~6 weeks its become a full on open air drug market with half a dozen rough looking people hanging out there all hours of the day. Cars pulling up for the quick transaction than driving away. I’ve called the cops about it probably an even half dozen times.

      And the disgusting state of that area right outside of the CH Metro just makes me shake my head. If I was a commercial tenant in one of those spaces, I would be furious that the MPD post up there most days and just ignore the people have urination “sword fights” (I’m not kidding, saw it last week), fighting, selling hard narcotics without a care in the world.

      • Is it me, or has MPD basically given up on combating street level dealing? I see daily it at P/7th, too.

    • Now that I’m forced to cross the street and use that entrance, the litter at the metro has really been bothering me too. It’s a depressing way to begin every day

  • I wish they would do this in more areas – like the H St/Benning starburst, or across from the original DCity location. I’d imagine it would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

    • Unfortunately it seems to be more like whack a mole

    • doesn’t matter what the cops do if the offenses don’t get prosecuted.

    • It doesn’t seem to matter what they do in this intersection. Last summer they had a mobile police cam in the middle and that just spread the hanging out/open air drug market down the entire block of Maryland Ave from the CVS to Safeway. After they got rid of it everything went back to the park. They then installed a mounted camera on the light post above the B2 bus stop, and they dealers went to the far corner opposite the camera where they can’t be seen. The only thing that works is when there is a police cruiser parked in the middle of the park. The past few weekends there have been about 4-6 police cars in the CVS lot watching the goings on, but that hardly made a difference, since the dealers just move to a more out of the way spot.

  • I’m unfamiliar with that particular intersection. What is it there that attracts these elements?

    • The MLK public library at 9/G is a popular daytime hangout for many homeless folks

    • MLK library and Catholic Charities free food.

    • Homeless shelters bus people to the MLK library during daytime hours when the shelters are not open. The librarians who work there basically have to function as social workers. As others have noted, it’s a #@$show walking by there and I’ve been harassed and yelled at walking by.

    • Jerry Grundle

      And nothing goes with a good book quite like the PCP-style psychotic behavior you get from synthetic weed.

  • To all the folks who complain that MPD isn’t “doing anything” about drug sales, public drunkeness and public urination – Do you know how many of those arrests are actually prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office? It’s pretty close to zero. And do you know of those few prosecutions, how many actually result in convictions? Also pretty close to zero.
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    So while it’s great to blame the cops for not “doing anything”, perhaps you should ask your elected representatives why they aren’t doing anything to make sure these quality of life crimes aren’t actually being prosecuted.
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    Because if you’re a cop and you know your arrest won’t result in anything happening, why bother making a pointless arrest and then facing the wrath of professional advocates and pandering Council members who accuse you of “targeting” people who happen to be doing illegal activities.

    • I care less about the lack of prosecution and would recommend that we do more to give people the resources to fix their lives.

  • There are issues with this at Conn/Brandywine and down the alley running parallel with Connecticut between Brandywine and UDC as well.

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