WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Early morning raids Tuesday in DC, and in several Maryland towns, capped an investigation of a long-established drug ring that was active in DC's Shaw neighborhood, according to law enforcement officials involved in the case.
"This was a multi-year investigation. Obviously drugs are pervasive in our city and with today's operation it was really a blow, I think, we struck against a significant criminal enterprise," US Attorney Ronald Machen, Jr. told 9News Now.
Seventeen persons have been indicted; 15 of them arrested in this three-year investigation.
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"That is pretty large. In DC, we normally see smaller crews so this was a large organization for DC that was distributing narcotics in the 7th and O area of Northwest Washington, DC," Machen said.
"At the time of the arrests, law enforcement officers seized illegal narcotics, six firearms, four vehicles, and more than $600,000 in cash. The arrests follow the return of a federal indictment charging 17 individuals with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana," a federal press release claimed.
The seventeen defendants charged include Espey Brown, Jr., 37, of Washington, D.C.; Keith Gregory Gaston, 39, of Silver Spring, MD; Angela Denise Peoples, 40, of Washington, D.C.; Eugene Edward Gadson, 38, of Washington, D.C.; Derrick Anthony Harris, 37, of Washington, D.C.; Laura Ann Cooper, 51, of Washington, D.C.; Gregory Tuckson, 55, of Washington, D.C.; Harry Terrell, Jr., 68, of Washington, D.C.; Thomas Kearney, Jr., 53, of Washington, D.C.; Gregory Martin, 55, of Washington, D.C.; David Emanuel Kyle, 41, of Camp Springs, MD; Tyrone Marcel Smith, 42, of Accokeek, MD; Joseph Garvin Young, 35, of Lanham, MD; Anthony Andre Carter, 32, of Fort Washington, MD; Walter Lybrant Hayman, 47, of Glenn Dale, MD; Marcus Alfred Gurley, 31, of Glenn Dale, MD; and Eric Michael Woods, 40, of Washington, D.C.