Authorities seize $200,000 in narcotics in District

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By Stephanie Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 16, 2010

Armed with 46 arrest warrants, more than 200 police and drug enforcement officers rounded up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of narcotics in a citywide drug bust Thursday.

Law enforcement officers also issued 21 search warrants, seized seven guns and confiscated more than $200,000 worth of narcotics, which included cocaine, PCP, marijuana and Oxycotin, said officials from the D.C. police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration at a news conference at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Northwest Washington.

The operation targeted Trinidad and the area around Rosedale Street in Northeast and Seventh and O streets in Northwest, said D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

At least two of the arrests made Thursday are connected to recent shootings, Lanier said, adding that "significant progress" has been made in many of the investigations related to the bust.

"The arrests and the people we targeted are involved in drug distribution and much of the violence that surrounds that drug distribution," she said.

The bust, which involved about 240 officers, began about 5 a.m. Thursday and was expected to continue throughout the day.

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