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Operation Haircut

Thursday, June 2, 2005
Fencing Operation/Arrests Made

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In February of this year information was developed concerning an alleged fencing operation trafficking in stolen property and drugs. An investigation, dubbed ?Operation Haircut?, was initiated by members of the department?s Intelligence Section assisted by members of the department?s First and Third District, Financial Crimes and Fraud Unit, United States Park Police, United States Secret Service, Fairfax County Police, Prince Georges County Police and the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.


At approximately 3:30 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, June 1, 2005, police armed with arrest and search warrants raided two business and three residences as part of the ongoing investigation.  The businesses are identified as Cuttin? Up Barber Shop located at 1206-9th Street, N.W. and Squares Clothing Store located at 1208-9th Street N.W.  The residences are located in the 900 Block of M Street N.W., 5100 Block of Bass Place S.E. and the 6200 Block of Cheverly Park Drive, Cheverly in Maryland.


Arrested were the following: 35-year-old Juan Stewart, of the 6200 Block of Cheverly Park Drive, Cheverly, Maryland, charged with Trafficking in Stolen Property, Distribution of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Crack Cocaine, 36-year-old Darren Drakes, of the 5100 Block of Bass Place S.E. charged with Trafficking in Stolen Property, 40-year-old Wygena Jones, of the 900 Block of M Street N.W. charged with Possession of an Unregistered Firearm and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. During the execution of the warrants two other persons were arrested on unrelated charges for Possession of Marijuana and a Fugitive from Justice. Recovered was a large quantity of suspected stolen property, drugs and U.S. Currency.


Chief of Police Charles H. Ramsey took this opportunity to commend and thank his department members and those agencies that provided invaluable assistance that helped close down this alleged fencing operation. He noted, ?Operations of this nature definitely have an impact on the economic base of many criminals and the department will continue attacking fencing operations.?