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Not Your Average Drug Bust
DEA agent Steve Robertson said authorities Monday night searched a house in Wheaton where Ye Gon had been staying. According to neighbors, land records and a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing, the red-brick house, in the 2600 block of Blueridge Avenue, is owned by Ning Ye, one of Ye Gon's attorneys. Attempts to reach the attorney for comment on the search were unsuccessful.
Authorities began a stakeout there earlier in the day, then broke down the front door after 9 p.m., neighbors said. They said agents spent hours packaging evidence.
"It was like something out of 'Cops,' " said one neighbor, Mia Kisumbi, 33, referring to the reality TV show. She said agents at one point brought Ye Gon to the house in handcuffs and escorted him inside.
At P.J. Rice Bistro on Monday night, customers and employees barely had time to understand the goings-on. Ye Gon, with his female companion, was neatly dressed in a suit and tie, according to a restaurant host who asked, for privacy reasons, that his name not published.
Ye Gon seemed a "nice, tall guy," the host said.
About 8:30 p.m., a waitress took their orders: appetizers and two entrees, including codfish and carrots.
Shortly after they ordered, the host said, seven or eight agents came in through the front and side entrances. They wore bulletproof vests and carried guns. Some waited by the exits while others approached the table and quickly led Ye Gon out a side door. It was unclear what happened to his dining companion.
The other patrons went back to their meals -- now with a story to tell about an exciting thing they saw happen at the mall.
Staff writers Mariana Minaya and Carol D. Leonnig and researchers Karl Evanzz, Alice Crites and Jean-Louis Magda contributed to this report.