Nine indicted in D.C. drug ring
Nine people have been charged in connection with a drug ring that distributed PCP in the Washington area, authorities announced Thursday.
The ring operated mainly out of the Garfield Terrace housing complex in Northwest D.C., but sales took place throughout the city, authorities said. They said the investigation focused on allegations of drug dealing from August 2009 through October 2010.
Six defendants were indicted by a grand jury in U.S. District Court for the District of
Columbia on a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute PCP. They include Allen Lee Sheffield, 31; Spencer Eugene Moore, 31; Latrell Brandon Thompson, 21; Raoul Brandon Lawrence, 35, and Tiffany Harris, 28. A sixth defendant has not yet been arrested.
Three other men were indicted on charges of distribution of a controlled substance and will be prosecuted in Superior Court. Alexis Santos, 19, and Antonio Whitaker, 20, have been arrested and a third man remains at large.
Many of the defendants were arrested Wednesday, authorities said. District officers and Drug Enforcement Administration officers who searched seven locations seized two firearms, about two ounces of PCP, and small amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana.
U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said local and federal authorities partnered closely in the investigation.
"PCP is an especially potent poison that kicks off violent and erratic behavior that threatens our families," Machen said in a statement. "This case demonstrates that we will aggressively prosecute those who sell PCP and other dangerous narcotics on the streets of the District of Columbia."
| October 21, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse, Maria Glod, Narcotics, The District
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