Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Washington Division Office, in conjunction with the US Attorney’s Office and the DC Office of the Attorney General, announced today the arrests of several suspects for the possession and distribution of illegal drugs and narcotics as well as weapons charges.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
Through a violent crime initiative called “Operation Sixth Sense”, the Metropolitan Police Department and federal law enforcement agencies in DC have focused their enforcement efforts on repeat violent offenders. The operation locations included areas of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>Trinidad, NE, the Rosedale NE area, and 7th and O Streets, NW.
“My administration is committed to making every neighborhood in the District a safe place to live, work, and visit,” said Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. “Chief Lanier and all of our fantastic MPD officers risk their lives everyday to make the streets safer for our residents. Today’s accomplishments takes us a step closer in transforming the District into a world-class city.”
Authorities have obtained 46 arrest warrants, executed 21 search warrants, and made arrests of suspects for numerous offenses, including distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, PCP, and marijuana, Oxycontin, and Percocet, and seized drugs with a street value in excess of $200,000. Seven guns and over $6,500 in cash were also seized.
“We are going to keep doing operations like this until criminals get the message: You’re not going to sell drugs, and wreak havoc on our communities,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “You’re also not going to shoot people and get away with it.”
“Today’s operation was a collaborative effort between DEA’s Mobile Enforcement Team and MPD”, said Ava Cooper-Davis, DEA Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Division. “The removal of these career criminals from the streets of DC will allow citizens to enjoy their homes and neighborhoods without a sense of fear.”
Anyone with information about crimes that occur in the District is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIM [E]. Anonymous information may also be forwarded to the DC Crime Solvers Unit at 1-866-411-TIPS and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided to Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.