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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, November 20, 2013 For Information Contact: Public Affairs (202) 252-6933 26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of
    Message 1 of 7 , Nov 20, 2013
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Wednesday, November 20, 2013

       

      For Information Contact:

      Public Affairs

      (202) 252-6933

       

      26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

      -Drugs Trafficked from Texas to Washington, D.C. Area-

       

      WASHINGTON – Seventeen people were arrested today following their indictments on federal charges in connection with an ongoing investigation by the FBI/Metropolitan Police Department Safe Streets Task Force into a network that trafficked heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from Texas to the Washington, D.C. area. The drugs were then distributed in the Washington, D.C. area.

       

      In addition to the arrests today, in the Washington, D.C. area, two defendants already were in custody. Seven others were apprehended in McAllen, Texas on Nov. 18, 2013.

       

      The arrests and charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

       

      The defendants are among those named in two indictments returned on Nov. 7, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictments, partially unsealed, charge the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. Some of the defendants also are charged with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Both indictments also include a forfeiture allegation seeking all proceeds derived from the crimes, as well as assets used to commit the offenses. If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

       

      The FBI’s Washington Field Office and MPD were joined in the law enforcement action this week by the FBI San Antonio Field Office’s McAllen Resident Agency; the U.S. Park Police; the U.S. Marshals Service; the U.S. Bureau of Prisons; the Prince George’s County, Md. Police Department; the Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff’s Office, and the San Juan, Texas Police Department.

       

      A total of 17 locations and four vehicles locations were searched today in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Authorities seized 18 guns, heroin, PCP and cash.

       

      The indictments allege that the defendants conspired to carry out the drug operation from October 2012 through October of this year, when it was broken up by law enforcement. The network allegedly operated in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Texas.

       

      “These indictments were designed to dismantle a drug ring that trafficked heroin and cocaine from Texas into the District of Columbia,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to the more than 200 agents and officers whose courage today resulted in 17 arrests and the seizure of more than a dozen firearms and heroin and PCP. The District of Columbia is a safer place today with these guns and drugs off the street.”

       

      The arrests that were carried out this week in the Washington, D.C., region and in Texas once again show that we will not tolerate drug dealers who attempt to root their network within our communities and afflict our neighborhoods with their illegal trade,” said Assistant Director in Charge Parlave. “Along with our partners on the Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI is focused on pursuing those who pose a threat to our communities through the sale of illegal drugs.”

       

      “These are significant arrests, and the volume of drugs and weapons seized highlight the potentially devastating impact this criminal enterprise had on the D.C. metropolitan area and various communities across the country,” said Chief Lanier. “The Metropolitan Police Department along with our local and federal law enforcement partners continue to work together to make our communities safer by locating and disrupting criminal organizations intent on wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods for their own personal gain. We are sending a message to criminals nationwide that we will find you and arrest you.”

       

      A total of 12 men and five women were arrested in the area today.

       

      Those arrested in the Washington, D.C. area include several members of one family: Juan Floyd, 45, of Temple Hills, Md., an alleged leader of the enterprise; his brother, John Floyd, 51, of Washington, D.C., and his daughter, Juanita N. Culbreth, 27, of Oxon Hill, Md. Others arrested today include: Lisa Adona, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Rodney Kirk Carter, 50, of Washington, D.C.; Derek L. Gadsden, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Donald Johnson, 51, of Washington, D.C.; Mike Johnson, 30, of Deale, Md.; Albert P. Jones, 44, of Temple Hills, Md.; Vincent J. Jones, 45, of Washington, D.C.; Roxanne Matthews-Baker, 47, of Washington, D.C.; Maurice P. Mercer, 38, of Washington, D.C.; Lawrence E. Proctor, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Darnell S. Rogers, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Bruce Settles, 48, of Washington, D.C.; Delshawn A. Wrice, 53, of Washington, D.C., and Jeri Wright, 60, of Suitland, Md.

       

      Jeffrey Coachman, 39, and Gary Price, 47, already were in custody.

       

      An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

       

      This prosecution grew out of a long-term FBI/MPD alliance called the Safe Streets Task Force that targets violent drug trafficking gangs in the District of Columbia. The Safe Streets Initiative is funded in part by the Baltimore Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area as well as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The initiative involves more than 150 Safe Streets Task Forces across the country that combat street gangs by combining federal, state and local police resources. The task forces, which began in 1992 in Los Angeles and the District of Columbia, address gang activity, including drug-related crimes.

       

      U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge Parlave and Chief Lanier thanked those who pursued the investigation from the FBI/MPD Safe Streets Task Force and other agencies. They also expressed appreciation to the Prince George’s County Police Department, the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Maryland State Police, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and the McAllen Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, for their assistance in the investigation.

       

      Finally, they acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the investigation from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Paralegal Specialists Catherine O’Neal, Jeannette Litz, Reagan Gibson, Rommel Pachoca, Teesha Tobias, Kim Hall, Niya Attucks, and Mary Downing, and Legal Assistants Priscilla Hutson and Jessica Moffatt.

       

      They also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karla-Dee Clark and Thomas A. Gillice, who are prosecuting the case; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zia Faruqui of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, which is assisting with the forfeiture action, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Debra Long-Doyle and Suzanne Clement Libby who assisted with the investigation and prosecution.

       

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    • Press, MPD (MPD)
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, November 20, 2013 For Information Contact: Public Affairs (202) 252-6933 26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of
      Message 2 of 7 , Nov 20, 2013
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        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

        Wednesday, November 20, 2013

         

        For Information Contact:

        Public Affairs

        (202) 252-6933

         

        26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

        -Drugs Trafficked from Texas to Washington, D.C. Area-

         

        WASHINGTON – Seventeen people were arrested today following their indictments on federal charges in connection with an ongoing investigation by the FBI/Metropolitan Police Department Safe Streets Task Force into a network that trafficked heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from Texas to the Washington, D.C. area. The drugs were then distributed in the Washington, D.C. area.

         

        In addition to the arrests today, in the Washington, D.C. area, two defendants already were in custody. Seven others were apprehended in McAllen, Texas on Nov. 18, 2013.

         

        The arrests and charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

         

        The defendants are among those named in two indictments returned on Nov. 7, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictments, partially unsealed, charge the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. Some of the defendants also are charged with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Both indictments also include a forfeiture allegation seeking all proceeds derived from the crimes, as well as assets used to commit the offenses. If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

         

        The FBI’s Washington Field Office and MPD were joined in the law enforcement action this week by the FBI San Antonio Field Office’s McAllen Resident Agency; the U.S. Park Police; the U.S. Marshals Service; the U.S. Bureau of Prisons; the Prince George’s County, Md. Police Department; the Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff’s Office, and the San Juan, Texas Police Department.

         

        A total of 17 locations and four vehicles locations were searched today in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Authorities seized 18 guns, heroin, PCP and cash.

         

        The indictments allege that the defendants conspired to carry out the drug operation from October 2012 through October of this year, when it was broken up by law enforcement. The network allegedly operated in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Texas.

         

        “These indictments were designed to dismantle a drug ring that trafficked heroin and cocaine from Texas into the District of Columbia,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to the more than 200 agents and officers whose courage today resulted in 17 arrests and the seizure of more than a dozen firearms and heroin and PCP. The District of Columbia is a safer place today with these guns and drugs off the street.”

         

        The arrests that were carried out this week in the Washington, D.C., region and in Texas once again show that we will not tolerate drug dealers who attempt to root their network within our communities and afflict our neighborhoods with their illegal trade,” said Assistant Director in Charge Parlave. “Along with our partners on the Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI is focused on pursuing those who pose a threat to our communities through the sale of illegal drugs.”

         

        “These are significant arrests, and the volume of drugs and weapons seized highlight the potentially devastating impact this criminal enterprise had on the D.C. metropolitan area and various communities across the country,” said Chief Lanier. “The Metropolitan Police Department along with our local and federal law enforcement partners continue to work together to make our communities safer by locating and disrupting criminal organizations intent on wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods for their own personal gain. We are sending a message to criminals nationwide that we will find you and arrest you.”

         

        A total of 12 men and five women were arrested in the area today.

         

        Those arrested in the Washington, D.C. area include several members of one family: Juan Floyd, 45, of Temple Hills, Md., an alleged leader of the enterprise; his brother, John Floyd, 51, of Washington, D.C., and his daughter, Juanita N. Culbreth, 27, of Oxon Hill, Md. Others arrested today include: Lisa Adona, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Rodney Kirk Carter, 50, of Washington, D.C.; Derek L. Gadsden, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Donald Johnson, 51, of Washington, D.C.; Mike Johnson, 30, of Deale, Md.; Albert P. Jones, 44, of Temple Hills, Md.; Vincent J. Jones, 45, of Washington, D.C.; Roxanne Matthews-Baker, 47, of Washington, D.C.; Maurice P. Mercer, 38, of Washington, D.C.; Lawrence E. Proctor, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Darnell S. Rogers, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Bruce Settles, 48, of Washington, D.C.; Delshawn A. Wrice, 53, of Washington, D.C., and Jeri Wright, 60, of Suitland, Md.

         

        Jeffrey Coachman, 39, and Gary Price, 47, already were in custody.

         

        An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

         

        This prosecution grew out of a long-term FBI/MPD alliance called the Safe Streets Task Force that targets violent drug trafficking gangs in the District of Columbia. The Safe Streets Initiative is funded in part by the Baltimore Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area as well as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The initiative involves more than 150 Safe Streets Task Forces across the country that combat street gangs by combining federal, state and local police resources. The task forces, which began in 1992 in Los Angeles and the District of Columbia, address gang activity, including drug-related crimes.

         

        U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge Parlave and Chief Lanier thanked those who pursued the investigation from the FBI/MPD Safe Streets Task Force and other agencies. They also expressed appreciation to the Prince George’s County Police Department, the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Maryland State Police, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and the McAllen Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, for their assistance in the investigation.

         

        Finally, they acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the investigation from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Paralegal Specialists Catherine O’Neal, Jeannette Litz, Reagan Gibson, Rommel Pachoca, Teesha Tobias, Kim Hall, Niya Attucks, and Mary Downing, and Legal Assistants Priscilla Hutson and Jessica Moffatt.

         

        They also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karla-Dee Clark and Thomas A. Gillice, who are prosecuting the case; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zia Faruqui of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, which is assisting with the forfeiture action, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Debra Long-Doyle and Suzanne Clement Libby who assisted with the investigation and prosecution.

      • Debbie Steiner
        Great news!!! Thank you for sending the message we won t tolerate lawlessness. ******************************************* It s better to make a deal with
        Message 3 of 7 , Nov 20, 2013
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          Great news!!! Thank you for sending the message ' we won't
          tolerate lawlessness.'


          *******************************************

          "It's better to make a deal with a smart enemy than to be loved and embraced by a dumb friend."

                       Kirkland James Reed





          On Nov 20, 2013, at 8:09 PM, "Press, MPD (MPD)" <mpd.press@...> wrote:

           

          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

          Wednesday, November 20, 2013

           

          For Information Contact:

          Public Affairs

          (202) 252-6933

           

          26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

          -Drugs Trafficked from Texas to Washington, D.C. Area-

           

          WASHINGTON – Seventeen people were arrested today following their indictments on federal charges in connection with an ongoing investigation by the FBI/Metropolitan Police Department Safe Streets Task Force into a network that trafficked heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from Texas to the Washington, D.C. area. The drugs were then distributed in the Washington, D.C. area.

           

          In addition to the arrests today, in the Washington, D.C. area, two defendants already were in custody. Seven others were apprehended in McAllen, Texas on Nov. 18, 2013.

           

          The arrests and charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

           

          The defendants are among those named in two indictments returned on Nov. 7, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictments, partially unsealed, charge the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. Some of the defendants also are charged with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Both indictments also include a forfeiture allegation seeking all proceeds derived from the crimes, as well as assets used to commit the offenses. If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

           

          The FBI’s Washington Field Office and MPD were joined in the law enforcement action this week by the FBI San Antonio Field Office’s McAllen Resident Agency; the U.S. Park Police; the U.S. Marshals Service; the U.S. Bureau of Prisons; the Prince George’s County, Md. Police Department; the Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff’s Office, and the San Juan, Texas Police Department.

           

          A total of 17 locations and four vehicles locations were searched today in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Authorities seized 18 guns, heroin, PCP and cash.

           

          The indictments allege that the defendants conspired to carry out the drug operation from October 2012 through October of this year, when it was broken up by law enforcement. The network allegedly operated in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Texas.

           

          “These indictments were designed to dismantle a drug ring that trafficked heroin and cocaine from Texas into the District of Columbia,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to the more than 200 agents and officers whose courage today resulted in 17 arrests and the seizure of more than a dozen firearms and heroin and PCP. The District of Columbia is a safer place today with these guns and drugs off the street.”

           

          The arrests that were carried out this week in the Washington, D.C., region and in Texas once again show that we will not tolerate drug dealers who attempt to root their network within our communities and afflict our neighborhoods with their illegal trade,” said Assistant Director in Charge Parlave. “Along with our partners on the Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI is focused on pursuing those who pose a threat to our communities through the sale of illegal drugs.”

           

          “These are significant arrests, and the volume of drugs and weapons seized highlight the potentially devastating impact this criminal enterprise had on the D.C. metropolitan area and various communities across the country,” said Chief Lanier. “The Metropolitan Police Department along with our local and federal law enforcement partners continue to work together to make our communities safer by locating and disrupting criminal organizations intent on wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods for their own personal gain. We are sending a message to criminals nationwide that we will find you and arrest you.”

           

          A total of 12 men and five women were arrested in the area today.

           

          Those arrested in the Washington, D.C. area include several members of one family: Juan Floyd, 45, of Temple Hills, Md., an alleged leader of the enterprise; his brother, John Floyd, 51, of Washington, D.C., and his daughter, Juanita N. Culbreth, 27, of Oxon Hill, Md. Others arrested today include: Lisa Adona, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Rodney Kirk Carter, 50, of Washington, D.C.; Derek L. Gadsden, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Donald Johnson, 51, of Washington, D.C.; Mike Johnson, 30, of Deale, Md.; Albert P. Jones, 44, of Temple Hills, Md.; Vincent J. Jones, 45, of Washington, D.C.; Roxanne Matthews-Baker, 47, of Washington, D.C.; Maurice P. Mercer, 38, of Washington, D.C.; Lawrence E. Proctor, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Darnell S. Rogers, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Bruce Settles, 48, of Washington, D.C.; Delshawn A. Wrice, 53, of Washington, D.C., and Jeri Wright, 60, of Suitland, Md.

           

          Jeffrey Coachman, 39, and Gary Price, 47, already were in custody.

           

          An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

           

          This prosecution grew out of a long-term FBI/MPD alliance called the Safe Streets Task Force that targets violent drug trafficking gangs in the District of Columbia. The Safe Streets Initiative is funded in part by the Baltimore Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area as well as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The initiative involves more than 150 Safe Streets Task Forces across the country that combat street gangs by combining federal, state and local police resources. The task forces, which began in 1992 in Los Angeles and the District of Columbia, address gang activity, including drug-related crimes.

           

          U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge Parlave and Chief Lanier thanked those who pursued the investigation from the FBI/MPD Safe Streets Task Force and other agencies. They also expressed appreciation to the Prince George’s County Police Department, the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Maryland State Police, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and the McAllen Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, for their assistance in the investigation.

           

          Finally, they acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the investigation from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Paralegal Specialists Catherine O’Neal, Jeannette Litz, Reagan Gibson, Rommel Pachoca, Teesha Tobias, Kim Hall, Niya Attucks, and Mary Downing, and Legal Assistants Priscilla Hutson and Jessica Moffatt.

           

          They also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karla-Dee Clark and Thomas A. Gillice, who are prosecuting the case; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zia Faruqui of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, which is assisting with the forfeiture action, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Debra Long-Doyle and Suzanne Clement Libby who assisted with the investigation and prosecution.

           

          Each One Give One!  Help the DC ONE FUND reach our One City DC One Fund goal of $1 million dollars to provide much needed support to so many in our region.  Learn more at www.dconefund.org or www.onefund.dc.gov


        • khenderson029
          This is great news and I applaud the hard work of all the law enforcement personnel involved. I am surprised by the ages of the defendants; forty and
          Message 4 of 7 , Nov 21, 2013
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            This is great news and I applaud the hard work of all the law enforcement personnel involved. I am surprised by the ages of the defendants; forty and fifty-year old alleged drug dealers are a sinister proposition. Breaking up any drug trafficking ring always benefits my community and we appreciate that. This is great news for great work!

            Kathy Henderson, 5D05
            Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

            From: Debbie Steiner <DLSmith112@...>
            Sender: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
            Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:34:19 -0500
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            Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] 26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

             

            Great news!!! Thank you for sending the message ' we won't
            tolerate lawlessness.'


            *******************************************

            "It's better to make a deal with a smart enemy than to be loved and embraced by a dumb friend."

                         Kirkland James Reed





            On Nov 20, 2013, at 8:09 PM, "Press, MPD (MPD)" <mpd.press@...> wrote:

             

            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            Wednesday, November 20, 2013

             

            For Information Contact:

            Public Affairs

            (202) 252-6933

             

            26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

            -Drugs Trafficked from Texas to Washington, D.C. Area-

             

            WASHINGTON – Seventeen people were arrested today following their indictments on federal charges in connection with an ongoing investigation by the FBI/Metropolitan Police Department Safe Streets Task Force into a network that trafficked heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from Texas to the Washington, D.C. area. The drugs were then distributed in the Washington, D.C. area.

             

            In addition to the arrests today, in the Washington, D.C. area, two defendants already were in custody. Seven others were apprehended in McAllen, Texas on Nov. 18, 2013.

             

            The arrests and charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

             

            The defendants are among those named in two indictments returned on Nov. 7, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictments, partially unsealed, charge the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. Some of the defendants also are charged with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Both indictments also include a forfeiture allegation seeking all proceeds derived from the crimes, as well as assets used to commit the offenses. If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

             

            The FBI’s Washington Field Office and MPD were joined in the law enforcement action this week by the FBI San Antonio Field Office’s McAllen Resident Agency; the U.S. Park Police; the U.S. Marshals Service; the U.S. Bureau of Prisons; the Prince George’s County, Md. Police Department; the Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff’s Office, and the San Juan, Texas Police Department.

             

            A total of 17 locations and four vehicles locations were searched today in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Authorities seized 18 guns, heroin, PCP and cash.

             

            The indictments allege that the defendants conspired to carry out the drug operation from October 2012 through October of this year, when it was broken up by law enforcement. The network allegedly operated in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Texas.

             

            “These indictments were designed to dismantle a drug ring that trafficked heroin and cocaine from Texas into the District of Columbia,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to the more than 200 agents and officers whose courage today resulted in 17 arrests and the seizure of more than a dozen firearms and heroin and PCP. The District of Columbia is a safer place today with these guns and drugs off the street.”

             

            The arrests that were carried out this week in the Washington, D.C., region and in Texas once again show that we will not tolerate drug dealers who attempt to root their network within our communities and afflict our neighborhoods with their illegal trade,” said Assistant Director in Charge Parlave. “Along with our partners on the Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI is focused on pursuing those who pose a threat to our communities through the sale of illegal drugs.”

             

            “These are significant arrests, and the volume of drugs and weapons seized highlight the potentially devastating impact this criminal enterprise had on the D.C. metropolitan area and various communities across the country,” said Chief Lanier. “The Metropolitan Police Department along with our local and federal law enforcement partners continue to work together to make our communities safer by locating and disrupting criminal organizations intent on wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods for their own personal gain. We are sending a message to criminals nationwide that we will find you and arrest you.”

             

            A total of 12 men and five women were arrested in the area today.

             

            Those arrested in the Washington, D.C. area include several members of one family: Juan Floyd, 45, of Temple Hills, Md., an alleged leader of the enterprise; his brother, John Floyd, 51, of Washington, D.C., and his daughter, Juanita N. Culbreth, 27, of Oxon Hill, Md. Others arrested today include: Lisa Adona, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Rodney Kirk Carter, 50, of Washington, D.C.; Derek L. Gadsden, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Donald Johnson, 51, of Washington, D.C.; Mike Johnson, 30, of Deale, Md.; Albert P. Jones, 44, of Temple Hills, Md.; Vincent J. Jones, 45, of Washington, D.C.; Roxanne Matthews-Baker, 47, of Washington, D.C.; Maurice P. Mercer, 38, of Washington, D.C.; Lawrence E. Proctor, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Darnell S. Rogers, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Bruce Settles, 48, of Washington, D.C.; Delshawn A. Wrice, 53, of Washington, D.C., and Jeri Wright, 60, of Suitland, Md.

             

            Jeffrey Coachman, 39, and Gary Price, 47, already were in custody.

             

            An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

             

            This prosecution grew out of a long-term FBI/MPD alliance called the Safe Streets Task Force that targets violent drug trafficking gangs in the District of Columbia. The Safe Streets Initiative is funded in part by the Baltimore Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area as well as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The initiative involves more than 150 Safe Streets Task Forces across the country that combat street gangs by combining federal, state and local police resources. The task forces, which began in 1992 in Los Angeles and the District of Columbia, address gang activity, including drug-related crimes.

             

            U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge Parlave and Chief Lanier thanked those who pursued the investigation from the FBI/MPD Safe Streets Task Force and other agencies. They also expressed appreciation to the Prince George’s County Police Department, the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Maryland State Police, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and the McAllen Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, for their assistance in the investigation.

             

            Finally, they acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the investigation from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Paralegal Specialists Catherine O’Neal, Jeannette Litz, Reagan Gibson, Rommel Pachoca, Teesha Tobias, Kim Hall, Niya Attucks, and Mary Downing, and Legal Assistants Priscilla Hutson and Jessica Moffatt.

             

            They also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karla-Dee Clark and Thomas A. Gillice, who are prosecuting the case; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zia Faruqui of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, which is assisting with the forfeiture action, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Debra Long-Doyle and Suzanne Clement Libby who assisted with the investigation and prosecution.

             

            Each One Give One!  Help the DC ONE FUND reach our One City DC One Fund goal of $1 million dollars to provide much needed support to so many in our region.  Learn more at www.dconefund.org or www.onefund.dc.gov


          • Gabriela Schneider
            Was this sting related to the one that resulted in Rep. Trey Radel s arrest for cocaine possession? ... Was this sting related to the one that resulted in Rep.
            Message 5 of 7 , Nov 21, 2013
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              Was this sting related to the one that resulted in Rep. Trey Radel's arrest for cocaine possession?


              On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM, <khenderson029@...> wrote:
               

              This is great news and I applaud the hard work of all the law enforcement personnel involved. I am surprised by the ages of the defendants; forty and fifty-year old alleged drug dealers are a sinister proposition. Breaking up any drug trafficking ring always benefits my community and we appreciate that. This is great news for great work!

              Kathy Henderson, 5D05

              Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

              From: Debbie Steiner <DLSmith112@...>
              Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:34:19 -0500
              Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] 26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

               

              Great news!!! Thank you for sending the message ' we won't
              tolerate lawlessness.'


              *******************************************

              "It's better to make a deal with a smart enemy than to be loved and embraced by a dumb friend."

                           Kirkland James Reed





              On Nov 20, 2013, at 8:09 PM, "Press, MPD (MPD)" <mpd.press@...> wrote:

               

              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

              Wednesday, November 20, 2013

               

              For Information Contact:

              Public Affairs

              (202) 252-6933

               

              26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

              -Drugs Trafficked from Texas to Washington, D.C. Area-

               

              WASHINGTON – Seventeen people were arrested today following their indictments on federal charges in connection with an ongoing investigation by the FBI/Metropolitan Police Department Safe Streets Task Force into a network that trafficked heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from Texas to the Washington, D.C. area. The drugs were then distributed in the Washington, D.C. area.

               

              In addition to the arrests today, in the Washington, D.C. area, two defendants already were in custody. Seven others were apprehended in McAllen, Texas on Nov. 18, 2013.

               

              The arrests and charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

               

              The defendants are among those named in two indictments returned on Nov. 7, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictments, partially unsealed, charge the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. Some of the defendants also are charged with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Both indictments also include a forfeiture allegation seeking all proceeds derived from the crimes, as well as assets used to commit the offenses. If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

               

              The FBI’s Washington Field Office and MPD were joined in the law enforcement action this week by the FBI San Antonio Field Office’s McAllen Resident Agency; the U.S. Park Police; the U.S. Marshals Service; the U.S. Bureau of Prisons; the Prince George’s County, Md. Police Department; the Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff’s Office, and the San Juan, Texas Police Department.

               

              A total of 17 locations and four vehicles locations were searched today in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Authorities seized 18 guns, heroin, PCP and cash.

               

              The indictments allege that the defendants conspired to carry out the drug operation from October 2012 through October of this year, when it was broken up by law enforcement. The network allegedly operated in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Texas.

               

              “These indictments were designed to dismantle a drug ring that trafficked heroin and cocaine from Texas into the District of Columbia,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to the more than 200 agents and officers whose courage today resulted in 17 arrests and the seizure of more than a dozen firearms and heroin and PCP. The District of Columbia is a safer place today with these guns and drugs off the street.”

               

              The arrests that were carried out this week in the Washington, D.C., region and in Texas once again show that we will not tolerate drug dealers who attempt to root their network within our communities and afflict our neighborhoods with their illegal trade,” said Assistant Director in Charge Parlave. “Along with our partners on the Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI is focused on pursuing those who pose a threat to our communities through the sale of illegal drugs.”

               

              “These are significant arrests, and the volume of drugs and weapons seized highlight the potentially devastating impact this criminal enterprise had on the D.C. metropolitan area and various communities across the country,” said Chief Lanier. “The Metropolitan Police Department along with our local and federal law enforcement partners continue to work together to make our communities safer by locating and disrupting criminal organizations intent on wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods for their own personal gain. We are sending a message to criminals nationwide that we will find you and arrest you.”

               

              A total of 12 men and five women were arrested in the area today.

               

              Those arrested in the Washington, D.C. area include several members of one family: Juan Floyd, 45, of Temple Hills, Md., an alleged leader of the enterprise; his brother, John Floyd, 51, of Washington, D.C., and his daughter, Juanita N. Culbreth, 27, of Oxon Hill, Md. Others arrested today include: Lisa Adona, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Rodney Kirk Carter, 50, of Washington, D.C.; Derek L. Gadsden, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Donald Johnson, 51, of Washington, D.C.; Mike Johnson, 30, of Deale, Md.; Albert P. Jones, 44, of Temple Hills, Md.; Vincent J. Jones, 45, of Washington, D.C.; Roxanne Matthews-Baker, 47, of Washington, D.C.; Maurice P. Mercer, 38, of Washington, D.C.; Lawrence E. Proctor, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Darnell S. Rogers, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Bruce Settles, 48, of Washington, D.C.; Delshawn A. Wrice, 53, of Washington, D.C., and Jeri Wright, 60, of Suitland, Md.

               

              Jeffrey Coachman, 39, and Gary Price, 47, already were in custody.

               

              An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

               

              This prosecution grew out of a long-term FBI/MPD alliance called the Safe Streets Task Force that targets violent drug trafficking gangs in the District of Columbia. The Safe Streets Initiative is funded in part by the Baltimore Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area as well as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The initiative involves more than 150 Safe Streets Task Forces across the country that combat street gangs by combining federal, state and local police resources. The task forces, which began in 1992 in Los Angeles and the District of Columbia, address gang activity, including drug-related crimes.

               

              U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge Parlave and Chief Lanier thanked those who pursued the investigation from the FBI/MPD Safe Streets Task Force and other agencies. They also expressed appreciation to the Prince George’s County Police Department, the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Maryland State Police, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and the McAllen Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, for their assistance in the investigation.

               

              Finally, they acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the investigation from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Paralegal Specialists Catherine O’Neal, Jeannette Litz, Reagan Gibson, Rommel Pachoca, Teesha Tobias, Kim Hall, Niya Attucks, and Mary Downing, and Legal Assistants Priscilla Hutson and Jessica Moffatt.

               

              They also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karla-Dee Clark and Thomas A. Gillice, who are prosecuting the case; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zia Faruqui of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, which is assisting with the forfeiture action, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Debra Long-Doyle and Suzanne Clement Libby who assisted with the investigation and prosecution.

               

              Each One Give One!  Help the DC ONE FUND reach our One City DC One Fund goal of $1 million dollars to provide much needed support to so many in our region.  Learn more at www.dconefund.org or www.onefund.dc.gov



            • Beach, Mark (MPD)
              Gabriela, we cannot comment on ongoing investigations... Mark Beach Assistant Patrol District Commander Metropolitan DC Police Department Fifth Police District
              Message 6 of 7 , Nov 21, 2013
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                Gabriela, we cannot comment on ongoing investigations...
                 
                Mark Beach
                Assistant Patrol District Commander
                Metropolitan DC Police Department
                Fifth Police District
                1805 Bladensburg Road, NE
                Washington, DC 20002
                202-345-1313 BeachBerry
                202-698-0150 5D Station Operations
                202-327-4392 5D Watch Commander
                202-698-0111 5D Command Complex 
                202-727-9099 Command Information Center
                "Commitment to Excellence" 
                 
                CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail is confidential, intended only for use by the named recipient(s) above. The content included in this email is the property of the Metropolitan Police Department and is law enforcement sensitive. This email should not be forwarded or disseminated to unauthorized users. It should only be used by the intended recipient. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender by replying to this e-mail at the address shown above. This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential information. Please delete it from your files if you are not the intended recipient.
                 

                From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Gabriela Schneider [stereogab@...]
                Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:53 PM
                To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] 26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

                 

                Was this sting related to the one that resulted in Rep. Trey Radel's arrest for cocaine possession?


                On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM, <khenderson029@...> wrote:
                 

                This is great news and I applaud the hard work of all the law enforcement personnel involved. I am surprised by the ages of the defendants; forty and fifty-year old alleged drug dealers are a sinister proposition. Breaking up any drug trafficking ring always benefits my community and we appreciate that. This is great news for great work!

                Kathy Henderson, 5D05

                Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

                From: Debbie Steiner <DLSmith112@...>
                Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:34:19 -0500
                Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] 26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

                 

                Great news!!! Thank you for sending the message ' we won't
                tolerate lawlessness.'


                *******************************************

                "It's better to make a deal with a smart enemy than to be loved and embraced by a dumb friend."

                             Kirkland James Reed





                On Nov 20, 2013, at 8:09 PM, "Press, MPD (MPD)" <mpd.press@...> wrote:

                 

                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                Wednesday, November 20, 2013

                 

                For Information Contact:

                Public Affairs

                (202) 252-6933

                 

                26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

                -Drugs Trafficked from Texas to Washington, D.C. Area-

                 

                WASHINGTON – Seventeen people were arrested today following their indictments on federal charges in connection with an ongoing investigation by the FBI/Metropolitan Police Department Safe Streets Task Force into a network that trafficked heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from Texas to the Washington, D.C. area. The drugs were then distributed in the Washington, D.C. area.

                 

                In addition to the arrests today, in the Washington, D.C. area, two defendants already were in custody. Seven others were apprehended in McAllen, Texas on Nov. 18, 2013.

                 

                The arrests and charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

                 

                The defendants are among those named in two indictments returned on Nov. 7, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictments, partially unsealed, charge the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. Some of the defendants also are charged with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Both indictments also include a forfeiture allegation seeking all proceeds derived from the crimes, as well as assets used to commit the offenses. If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

                 

                The FBI’s Washington Field Office and MPD were joined in the law enforcement action this week by the FBI San Antonio Field Office’s McAllen Resident Agency; the U.S. Park Police; the U.S. Marshals Service; the U.S. Bureau of Prisons; the Prince George’s County, Md. Police Department; the Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff’s Office, and the San Juan, Texas Police Department.

                 

                A total of 17 locations and four vehicles locations were searched today in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Authorities seized 18 guns, heroin, PCP and cash.

                 

                The indictments allege that the defendants conspired to carry out the drug operation from October 2012 through October of this year, when it was broken up by law enforcement. The network allegedly operated in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Texas.

                 

                “These indictments were designed to dismantle a drug ring that trafficked heroin and cocaine from Texas into the District of Columbia,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to the more than 200 agents and officers whose courage today resulted in 17 arrests and the seizure of more than a dozen firearms and heroin and PCP. The District of Columbia is a safer place today with these guns and drugs off the street.”

                 

                The arrests that were carried out this week in the Washington, D.C., region and in Texas once again show that we will not tolerate drug dealers who attempt to root their network within our communities and afflict our neighborhoods with their illegal trade,” said Assistant Director in Charge Parlave. “Along with our partners on the Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI is focused on pursuing those who pose a threat to our communities through the sale of illegal drugs.”

                 

                “These are significant arrests, and the volume of drugs and weapons seized highlight the potentially devastating impact this criminal enterprise had on the D.C. metropolitan area and various communities across the country,” said Chief Lanier. “The Metropolitan Police Department along with our local and federal law enforcement partners continue to work together to make our communities safer by locating and disrupting criminal organizations intent on wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods for their own personal gain. We are sending a message to criminals nationwide that we will find you and arrest you.”

                 

                A total of 12 men and five women were arrested in the area today.

                 

                Those arrested in the Washington, D.C. area include several members of one family: Juan Floyd, 45, of Temple Hills, Md., an alleged leader of the enterprise; his brother, John Floyd, 51, of Washington, D.C., and his daughter, Juanita N. Culbreth, 27, of Oxon Hill, Md. Others arrested today include: Lisa Adona, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Rodney Kirk Carter, 50, of Washington, D.C.; Derek L. Gadsden, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Donald Johnson, 51, of Washington, D.C.; Mike Johnson, 30, of Deale, Md.; Albert P. Jones, 44, of Temple Hills, Md.; Vincent J. Jones, 45, of Washington, D.C.; Roxanne Matthews-Baker, 47, of Washington, D.C.; Maurice P. Mercer, 38, of Washington, D.C.; Lawrence E. Proctor, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Darnell S. Rogers, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Bruce Settles, 48, of Washington, D.C.; Delshawn A. Wrice, 53, of Washington, D.C., and Jeri Wright, 60, of Suitland, Md.

                 

                Jeffrey Coachman, 39, and Gary Price, 47, already were in custody.

                 

                An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

                 

                This prosecution grew out of a long-term FBI/MPD alliance called the Safe Streets Task Force that targets violent drug trafficking gangs in the District of Columbia. The Safe Streets Initiative is funded in part by the Baltimore Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area as well as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The initiative involves more than 150 Safe Streets Task Forces across the country that combat street gangs by combining federal, state and local police resources. The task forces, which began in 1992 in Los Angeles and the District of Columbia, address gang activity, including drug-related crimes.

                 

                U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge Parlave and Chief Lanier thanked those who pursued the investigation from the FBI/MPD Safe Streets Task Force and other agencies. They also expressed appreciation to the Prince George’s County Police Department, the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Maryland State Police, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and the McAllen Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, for their assistance in the investigation.

                 

                Finally, they acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the investigation from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Paralegal Specialists Catherine O’Neal, Jeannette Litz, Reagan Gibson, Rommel Pachoca, Teesha Tobias, Kim Hall, Niya Attucks, and Mary Downing, and Legal Assistants Priscilla Hutson and Jessica Moffatt.

                 

                They also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karla-Dee Clark and Thomas A. Gillice, who are prosecuting the case; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zia Faruqui of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, which is assisting with the forfeiture action, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Debra Long-Doyle and Suzanne Clement Libby who assisted with the investigation and prosecution.

                 

                Each One Give One!  Help the DC ONE FUND reach our One City DC One Fund goal of $1 million dollars to provide much needed support to so many in our region.  Learn more at www.dconefund.org or www.onefund.dc.gov



              • Gabriela Schneider
                Thanks for the response. ... Thanks for the response. On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM, Beach, Mark (MPD) wrote: á Gabriela, we cannot
                Message 7 of 7 , Nov 21, 2013
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                  Thanks for the response.


                  On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM, Beach, Mark (MPD) <mark.beach@...> wrote:
                   

                  Gabriela, we cannot comment on ongoing investigations...
                   
                  Mark Beach
                  Assistant Patrol District Commander
                  Metropolitan DC Police Department
                  Fifth Police District
                  1805 Bladensburg Road, NE
                  Washington, DC 20002
                  202-345-1313 BeachBerry
                  202-698-0150 5D Station Operations
                  202-327-4392 5D Watch Commander
                  202-698-0111 5D Command Complex 
                  202-727-9099 Command Information Center
                  "Commitment to Excellence" 
                   
                  CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail is confidential, intended only for use by the named recipient(s) above. The content included in this email is the property of the Metropolitan Police Department and is law enforcement sensitive. This email should not be forwarded or disseminated to unauthorized users. It should only be used by the intended recipient. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender by replying to this e-mail at the address shown above. This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential information. Please delete it from your files if you are not the intended recipient.
                   

                  From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Gabriela Schneider [stereogab@...]
                  Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:53 PM

                  To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] 26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

                   

                  Was this sting related to the one that resulted in Rep. Trey Radel's arrest for cocaine possession?


                  On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM, <khenderson029@...> wrote:
                   

                  This is great news and I applaud the hard work of all the law enforcement personnel involved. I am surprised by the ages of the defendants; forty and fifty-year old alleged drug dealers are a sinister proposition. Breaking up any drug trafficking ring always benefits my community and we appreciate that. This is great news for great work!

                  Kathy Henderson, 5D05

                  Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

                  From: Debbie Steiner <DLSmith112@...>
                  Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:34:19 -0500
                  Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] 26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

                   

                  Great news!!! Thank you for sending the message ' we won't
                  tolerate lawlessness.'


                  *******************************************

                  "It's better to make a deal with a smart enemy than to be loved and embraced by a dumb friend."

                               Kirkland James Reed





                  On Nov 20, 2013, at 8:09 PM, "Press, MPD (MPD)" <mpd.press@...> wrote:

                   

                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                  Wednesday, November 20, 2013

                   

                  For Information Contact:

                  Public Affairs

                  (202) 252-6933

                   

                  26 People Charged in Drug Conspiracy, Accused of Distributing Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana

                  -Drugs Trafficked from Texas to Washington, D.C. Area-

                   

                  WASHINGTON – Seventeen people were arrested today following their indictments on federal charges in connection with an ongoing investigation by the FBI/Metropolitan Police Department Safe Streets Task Force into a network that trafficked heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from Texas to the Washington, D.C. area. The drugs were then distributed in the Washington, D.C. area.

                   

                  In addition to the arrests today, in the Washington, D.C. area, two defendants already were in custody. Seven others were apprehended in McAllen, Texas on Nov. 18, 2013.

                   

                  The arrests and charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

                   

                  The defendants are among those named in two indictments returned on Nov. 7, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictments, partially unsealed, charge the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. Some of the defendants also are charged with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Both indictments also include a forfeiture allegation seeking all proceeds derived from the crimes, as well as assets used to commit the offenses. If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

                   

                  The FBI’s Washington Field Office and MPD were joined in the law enforcement action this week by the FBI San Antonio Field Office’s McAllen Resident Agency; the U.S. Park Police; the U.S. Marshals Service; the U.S. Bureau of Prisons; the Prince George’s County, Md. Police Department; the Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff’s Office, and the San Juan, Texas Police Department.

                   

                  A total of 17 locations and four vehicles locations were searched today in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Authorities seized 18 guns, heroin, PCP and cash.

                   

                  The indictments allege that the defendants conspired to carry out the drug operation from October 2012 through October of this year, when it was broken up by law enforcement. The network allegedly operated in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Texas.

                   

                  “These indictments were designed to dismantle a drug ring that trafficked heroin and cocaine from Texas into the District of Columbia,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to the more than 200 agents and officers whose courage today resulted in 17 arrests and the seizure of more than a dozen firearms and heroin and PCP. The District of Columbia is a safer place today with these guns and drugs off the street.”

                   

                  The arrests that were carried out this week in the Washington, D.C., region and in Texas once again show that we will not tolerate drug dealers who attempt to root their network within our communities and afflict our neighborhoods with their illegal trade,” said Assistant Director in Charge Parlave. “Along with our partners on the Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI is focused on pursuing those who pose a threat to our communities through the sale of illegal drugs.”

                   

                  “These are significant arrests, and the volume of drugs and weapons seized highlight the potentially devastating impact this criminal enterprise had on the D.C. metropolitan area and various communities across the country,” said Chief Lanier. “The Metropolitan Police Department along with our local and federal law enforcement partners continue to work together to make our communities safer by locating and disrupting criminal organizations intent on wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods for their own personal gain. We are sending a message to criminals nationwide that we will find you and arrest you.”

                   

                  A total of 12 men and five women were arrested in the area today.

                   

                  Those arrested in the Washington, D.C. area include several members of one family: Juan Floyd, 45, of Temple Hills, Md., an alleged leader of the enterprise; his brother, John Floyd, 51, of Washington, D.C., and his daughter, Juanita N. Culbreth, 27, of Oxon Hill, Md. Others arrested today include: Lisa Adona, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Rodney Kirk Carter, 50, of Washington, D.C.; Derek L. Gadsden, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Donald Johnson, 51, of Washington, D.C.; Mike Johnson, 30, of Deale, Md.; Albert P. Jones, 44, of Temple Hills, Md.; Vincent J. Jones, 45, of Washington, D.C.; Roxanne Matthews-Baker, 47, of Washington, D.C.; Maurice P. Mercer, 38, of Washington, D.C.; Lawrence E. Proctor, 54, of Washington, D.C.; Darnell S. Rogers, 50, of Fort Washington, Md.; Bruce Settles, 48, of Washington, D.C.; Delshawn A. Wrice, 53, of Washington, D.C., and Jeri Wright, 60, of Suitland, Md.

                   

                  Jeffrey Coachman, 39, and Gary Price, 47, already were in custody.

                   

                  An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

                   

                  This prosecution grew out of a long-term FBI/MPD alliance called the Safe Streets Task Force that targets violent drug trafficking gangs in the District of Columbia. The Safe Streets Initiative is funded in part by the Baltimore Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area as well as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The initiative involves more than 150 Safe Streets Task Forces across the country that combat street gangs by combining federal, state and local police resources. The task forces, which began in 1992 in Los Angeles and the District of Columbia, address gang activity, including drug-related crimes.

                   

                  U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge Parlave and Chief Lanier thanked those who pursued the investigation from the FBI/MPD Safe Streets Task Force and other agencies. They also expressed appreciation to the Prince George’s County Police Department, the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Maryland State Police, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and the McAllen Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, for their assistance in the investigation.

                   

                  Finally, they acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the investigation from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Paralegal Specialists Catherine O’Neal, Jeannette Litz, Reagan Gibson, Rommel Pachoca, Teesha Tobias, Kim Hall, Niya Attucks, and Mary Downing, and Legal Assistants Priscilla Hutson and Jessica Moffatt.

                   

                  They also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karla-Dee Clark and Thomas A. Gillice, who are prosecuting the case; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zia Faruqui of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, which is assisting with the forfeiture action, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Debra Long-Doyle and Suzanne Clement Libby who assisted with the investigation and prosecution.

                   

                  Each One Give One!  Help the DC ONE FUND reach our One City DC One Fund goal of $1 million dollars to provide much needed support to so many in our region.  Learn more at www.dconefund.org or www.onefund.dc.gov




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