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Police bust D.C., Md., drug ring

Authorities on Thursday arrested 11 people in connection with a drug ring operating from the Potomac Gardens Housing complex and other District neighborhoods, D.C. police officials said Friday.

Authorities said the suspects are charged in connection with a conspiracy to distribute over $230,000 worth of heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

As part of the local and federal investigation, officers and agents early Thursday morning executed three search warrants in the District and two in Prince George's County, authorities said. Authorities confiscated about 859 grams of heroin as well as cocaine, about $8,000 in cash and two handguns.

Police identified the defendants as Matthew Joseph, Kahil Daniel, Joseph Richardson, Roland Matthews, Rodney Shipley, Heyward Sanders, James Leak, Terrance Brown, Ronald Thomas, Ronald Hunt, and Savonya Smith. Two additional suspects remain at large.

The investigation resulted from the Safe Streets Task Force, a partnership between District police, U.S. Park Police and the FBI to target violent drug trafficking in the District.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  June 18, 2010; 3:31 PM ET
Categories:  Maria Glod , Narcotics , The District  
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I will hope that the Trinidad area is next in line in Ward 5. Very Good Job

Posted by: dcynnep | June 18, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Good job - keep it up!!

Posted by: lsf07 | June 18, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

People are still selling Crack? Who knew?

Posted by: jbworldwide | June 18, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

dcynnep, last time the Safe Streets Task Force was in Trinidad the whole community up there seem to be questioning why they were there. See previous post articles.

Posted by: crazyed | June 19, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Really what does this story have to do with Trinidad? Im so tired of overytime something happen in DC someone has to bring up Trinidad. I live on Trinidad Avenue and have been there all of my life its not the neighborhood its certain people that comes around there and does stupid stuff. And the last time the "SAFE STREETS TASK FORCE" was around Trinidad they shot and killed a person a person that I knew very well from pre-k through the time he was killed. I always ask this question if it happened to ur family or someone u knew how would u act? its not needed for some jack azz to keep throwing this in where it dont belong its about time the police did something. And it didnt have anything to do with TRINIDAD so let us be if u dont live around here dont keep putting us down we are people just like any other part of any US city let us live our lives. AND JUST LET US BE...

Posted by: DAngelo_Alford2004 | June 19, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

AND YES THAT WAS FOR CRAZYED. Dont make anymore comments like that a lot of us from TRINIDAD are not bad people and we are still trying to get over the death of Trey and yall make it hard to try to move pass his death and fuse more anger from all of his friends and family.

Posted by: DAngelo_Alford2004 | June 19, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

And it was also for you too DCYNNEP

Posted by: DAngelo_Alford2004 | June 19, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Look, all that gentrification, Harris Teeter, etc. can no longer afford to have the 'jects around. This town is slowly eliminating the old 'jects and it's about time.

The real story is how once they turn the dirt over, they then charge you 3 times the value for that same project dirt. The Great Land Grab is afoot in DC.

If you live in public housing, your days are dwindling down...better put down the XBox and pickup a book cause everybody can't shoot a jumper or sack a quarterback and use that to get out the hood. And history shows you where the dope game gets you...just open your eyes

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 19, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Even the king and queen on the chessboard are controlled by an Overseer

Posted by: bigtemi | June 19, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I hate it when people from terrible neighborhoods try to rationalize by saying we are not all bad people or crime happens everywhere. We all know that not everyone in SE or Trinidad are bad people. The problem is that there is a culture of violence and senseless violence and killings are not only tolerated but glorified as a badge of honor.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 24, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

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