Authorities arrest 11, search 26 residences to break up alleged drug ring in D.C., suburbs

Local and federal authorities have seized more than five kilograms of illegal drugs and arrested 11 people they say are connected to a trafficking organization that operated in the District and suburbs, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Police made the arrests Thursday as they served more than two dozen search warrants in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. In a statement, federal prosecutors said they seized firearms, drugs, jewelry worth more than $60,000 and tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

In addition, officials said they uncovered in one residence an identity theft operation that involved hundreds of credit cards, social security cards and driver’s licenses.

Police said the year-long investigation by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force led agents to Los Angeles as well as around the region, from Stafford, Va., to Prince George’s County and up into Baltimore. Authorities said they have seized 3.5 kilograms of cocaine and more than two kilograms of heroin.

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