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Men charged in murder for hire

A Temple Hills man who authorities allege was part of a heroin trafficking ring has been arrested on charges he paid $10,000 to have a man murdered.

David M. Long, who went by Damo, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District on charges including conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering and drug crimes, federal officials said Thursday.

In a 15-page indictment, prosecutors allege that Long paid two co-conspirators, Rico L. Thomas and Opio D. Moore, to kill a District man in January 2007. Franklin E. Moyler, 36, was fatally shot in Southeast Washington on Jan. 18, 2007. Reports at the time said he had been shot several times in the head.

Thomas and Moore were indicted on charges including conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder.

Long, Thomas and Moore, who was known as "Opi Dope," were part of a drug ring that operated in the District, Maryland and Virginia from 2006 through 2008, according to court papers.

Long later offered Thomas and Moore money to kill two other men, the court papers allege. Those men were shot, but both survived, officials said.

Authorities said the investigation was handled by the Safe Streets Task Force, a partnership between District police and the FBI that was created to target violent street gangs.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  June 24, 2010; 9:47 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maria Glod , The District  
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