“the suspect provided officers with cash, heroin, and a firearm in exchange for stolen merchandise”

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department Narcotics and Special Investigations Division’s Criminal Interdiction Unit and Maryland State Police have announced that an arrest has been made in connection to an illegal fencing operation in the 5400 block of Georgia Avenue, NW area.

Following a series of robberies in the District and Prince George’s County, Maryland, MPD’s District Detective Unit, along with our Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) began an investigation into Discount Auto Sound Inc. located on Georgia Avenue, NW. The operation involved stolen property taken in multiple robberies between March 17, 2016 and May 7, 2016. Over the course of the investigation, the suspect provided CIU officers with cash, heroin, and a firearm in exchange for stolen merchandise.

On Monday, June 6, 2016, 39-year-old Tom Van Huynh was arrested in Maryland and is being charged with Felony Trafficking Stolen Property, Distribution of Heroin, and Receiving Stolen Property, pending extradition to Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and Maryland State Police (MSP) jointly participated in the investigation. MSP executed a search warrant in Maryland where they found three handguns, an assault rifle, a shotgun, multiple rounds of assorted ammunition, prescription pain killers, and over $26,000 in US currency, along with a Honda Civic outfitted with police equipment and fraudulent credentials. In addition, MPD executed a separate search warrant where electronics and documents were seized in connection to this case.

The investigation into this case is ongoing.”

Dear PoPville,

Lots of people asking where the guns are coming from on 7th and Jefferson. This location is on the 16th St Heights side of Georgia & Jefferson St NW, across the street from the strip club over there. Many of the crime problems in this part of Petworth have been reported on 4th & Jefferson as well as 7th and Jefferson, as well as 8th St, where I believe the machine gun fire was heard last week. I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that this location was a hub for criminal activity in this area and a source of heavy guns, drugs, etc. It’s several blocks from where much of the activity as of late has been occurring.”

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  • First good news to come out of this area in a bit. God I hope this cuts down on the shootings. I’m worried a single arrest though isn’t enough to impact the crime in the area. Maybe he’ll rat! Here’s to hoping this is the first of many more busts.

  • Great job by MPD. Georgia Avenue from Gallatin/Hamilton up to Longfellow is a total dump.

    I’d also love MPD’s thoughts as to why every drug user in Ward 4 likes to congregate on Georgia and Kennedy, in front of Lucky Corner Market. That’s basically across the street from this place.

    • there is a house on Illinois, south of Kennedy that always has strung out people nodding off in front of it. it is next to the fences that were erected a year ago that enclose the back part of the shops on Georgia. Always thought there was some shadiness going on there as well.

      • Nodding is sometimes an indicator of the usage of cigarettes dipped in PCP. Sometimes it is referred to as boat or dippas in the street vernacular.

        The D.C. Drugs Inc episode on Nat Geo discussed the nodding symptom. It is on YouTube as well.

        • nodding off is heroin user vernacular for passing out/being super high

        • Nodding is actually the effects of opiates, specifically heroin on the streets. PCP does not create that effect- it’s an hallucinogenic and usually results in erratic behaviors, hallucinations, and overheating of the user resulting in them taking their clothes off, etc.

          You are correct in that cigarettes or marijuana joints dipped in PCP are called dippers and PCP is referred to as boat, love boat, or water on the street.

    • Perhaps the corner market sells synthetic weed on the sly?

    • Not entirely true.. What about Three Little Pigs? 🙂

  • I doubt this is the single hub that accounts for all the problems on Kennedy and Jefferson, but hopefully it will help. MPD is going to have to step things up in that corridor for a while longer if they really want to accomplish anything.

  • This is great work by MPD. Glad to see progress being made in my neighborhood and hope it sends a signal to those who perpetuate violent crime in Petworth.

  • nice work. Always wondered how that place stayed in business.

  • i used to live a stones throw away from this spot (hence my user name). i always knew it was some type of front. people would be doing all sorts of shady stuff all day there, trying to blend in. as for the block across the street, if you look down the alley right behind the metro pcs store, you’ll more than likely see some sort of “activity” from users, as well as people getting “used” right behind the house mentioned with the fences. the bodega is definitely a front as well. can’t count how any re-ups and exchanging of cash i’ve seen in there in broad day light. the cops would park a car there after someone got robbed/assaulted/killed for about 2 or 3 days, and then no where to be found. the project home on Illinois and Kennedy isn’t doing that area any good either.

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