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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."

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  | October 21, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
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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.
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Wait a minute! This is considered a "drug ring"? Things must be slow in the city if they're calling this a "drug ring". Please say that it's more stuff than 2 ounces of PCP and a copule of "rocks".

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | October 21, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Alternative title: nine new job opening in Garfield Terrace.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | October 21, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Put them all away for life for the lives they destroy with their poison.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 21, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute! This is considered a "drug ring"? Things must be slow in the city if they're calling this a "drug ring". Please say that it's more stuff than 2 ounces of PCP and a copule of "rocks".

Posted by: PublicEnemy1
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A 12 month investigation and that is all they found. What a waste of police overtime and man hours.

Posted by: agarnett1000 | October 22, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

just legalise marijuana and put these dealers out of business.

by keeping marijuana illegal, you are funding a huge blackmarket where often buyers are exposed to really dangerous drugs like PCP or worse.

When marijuana is legal, the drug pipeline will collapse, full time dealers will be out of a job and finding other drugs will become a difficult task.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 22, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Read the story people....this is a JOKE! 2 ounces? Why dont they go after real criminals.

Posted by: CrimeRiddenDC | October 22, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Put them all away for life for the lives they destroy with their poison.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 21, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

judge, jury, executioner huh?

you've got it all figured out, cause you are concerned about DC. Tell us, what are you concerned about?

EVERY CITY HAS DRUG DEALERS

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | October 22, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

just legalise marijuana and put these dealers out of business.

by keeping marijuana illegal, you are funding a huge blackmarket where often buyers are exposed to really dangerous drugs like PCP or worse.

When marijuana is legal, the drug pipeline will collapse, full time dealers will be out of a job and finding other drugs will become a difficult task.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 22, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

CO-SIGN!!!!

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | October 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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