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8 arrested in D.C. drug probe

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District announced the arrest of eight people suspected of involvement in a drug ring in the Barry Farms neighborhood in Southeast Washington and other District neighborhoods.

The arrests were part of a collaboration by the FBI, U.S. Park Police and police from the District and Prince George's County.

The arrestees will be charged in the District’s federal court.

The arrests follow a six-count federal indictment against 13 individuals Wednesday charged with distributing PCP, heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 6:27 PM ET
Categories:  Keith L. Alexander , Narcotics , The District  
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Waste of time. Legalize drugs and let people deal with their bodies without government interference.

Posted by: rcvinson64 | March 12, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Extra extra, read all about it - people are selling drugs in Barry Farms. BTW, your reporter should learn how to spell heroin.

Posted by: fleeciewool | March 12, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

I'd have thought Barry Park needs more heroines...

Posted by: djjd | March 12, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

"Waste of time. Legalize drugs and let people deal with their bodies without government interference."

there's no money in that for the groups that profit from the drug war.

Posted by: millionea7 | March 12, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

WAR ON DRUGS!!!! Arrest Street Dealer, but keep allowing the drugs to enter the U.S. that's the WAR DRUGS. I guess it never work, what, since Ronald and Nancy Reagan "SAY NO TO DRUGS"

How about drug testing Senators, Congress and their families and really open the American people eyes of who's doing and selling drugs.

Google this: Former Minnesota Senator and his son Morgan

Posted by: clifton3 | March 12, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine the money this country could save by stopping this idiocy and legalizing drugs? Regulate its distribution the same way liquor is, tax the doo doo out of it. Bye Bye gang turf wars, overseas drug eradication payouts to corrupt governments, create jobs by growing the base products here, it would shut down all smuggling rings.
Lower the federal, state, and local deficits. Put those highly trained LE officers to work doing something more useful.

How obvious can this be? Am I missing something here? Don't want to do drugs ?don't. You don't have to drink right, so you don't.

Posted by: toms5 | March 12, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"Can you imagine the money this country could save by stopping this idiocy and legalizing drugs? Regulate its distribution the same way liquor is, tax the doo doo out of it."

Once you begin to tax the "doo doo" out of it, you create another black market that will mimic the initial black market. Better to tax it like its counterparts.

In Cali, the drug dealers for weed are the guys that buy from the legal coops and sell when the coops are closed or to the people who live too far away from the coops. They are essentially selling an LEGAL product illegally. In other words, the only lawbreaking surrounding its legalization is due to coops being forced to close too early

Posted by: nate20011 | March 12, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

7,000 people were murdered by the Mexican drug cartels last year because we in the US kept marijuana illegal, many of the victims were children, police officers and politicians. This year the cartels are on track to kill at least 9,000 more. Who supports keeping it illegal?

Posted by: jway86 | March 12, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Barry Farms, SE, you know its the brothers, the city needs to redeveloped Barry Farms Projects.Now you see why 22% of blacks men do not have jobs, becuase they have a police record.

Posted by: nativeva1 | March 12, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Prohibition is a sickening horror and the ocean of human wreckage it has left in its wake is almost endless.

Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use is essentially an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most normal thinking people in the direction of sensible regulation. By its very nature prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business model - the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left in the hands of unregulated, anonymous, ruthless drug dealers, who are interested only in the huge profits involved.

Prohibition ideology is based on lies and the 'War on Drugs' is a de facto 'war on people' (some might even successfully argue that it's a de facto race war). Prohibition has decimated generations and criminalized millions for a behavior which is entwined in human existence, and for what other purpose than to uphold the defunct and corrupt thinking of a minority of misguided, self-righteous Neo-Puritans and degenerate demagogues who wish nothing but unadulterated destruction on the rest of us!

Posted by: malcolmkyle | March 13, 2010 5:30 AM | Report abuse

More white people are being jailed for meth than any other race. This so-called race war is turning out to be quite the opposite.

I am in my 40s. I have several friends who got mixed up in marijuana and stayed mixed up. All of them enjoyed brief periods of creativity. Now, in our 40s, every single one of them is alone- divorced, never married, no custody of their children. Everyone of them did one stretch in rehab if not more. Everyone had run-ins with the law- DUI, possession, disorderly conduct, fighting, gun possession. I have one friend who became extremely paranoid, always thinking the cops were on his tail. These are adult men with college degrees who live in their parents basement and work part time. Habitual marijuana use destroyed their lives. That is reality and that is the truth. The reason it's illegal is it because it messes with your mind to the extent that you become a couch slug. You know when you were 21 and you made fun of the older stoners because they were nothing, they were fat, ate chips all the time and still listened to Bob Marley? Well, drug users, you are the people you made fun of all those years. How does it feel to be the butt of everyone's jokes?

Posted by: bbcrock | March 14, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

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