News Release
July 16, 2010
Contact: SA Melissa Bell
Public Information Officer
Number: (202) 616-4740

Drug Enforcement Administration and Metropolitan Police Seize Thousands in Cash and Drugs in Various Operations

JUL 16 -- (Washington, DC) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, announced the arrests of several suspects for the possession and distribution of illegal drugs and narcotics as well as weapons charges.

Through a violent crime initiative called “Operation Sixth Sense”, DEA and the Metropolitan Police Department have focused their enforcement efforts on repeat violent offenders.  The operation locations included areas of Trinidad, NE, the Rosedale NE area, and 7th and O Streets, NW.

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.

“Today’s operation was a collaborative effort between DEA’s Mobile Enforcement Team and MPD, the investigation lasted ten months, but I believe the effects will be felt for years”, said Ava Cooper-Davis, DEA Special Agent in Charge.  “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.”  

“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.”

 “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 every day to make the streets safer for our residents. Today’s accomplishments take us a step closer in transforming the District into a world-class city.”