The three people charged with slaying gas station manager Rasheed K. Zaman allegedly planned to rob him because they believed he had cash in his apartment, but they were not aware of the $22 million worth of heroin stored there, police said yesterday.

Three Washington residents, two men and a woman, were arrested Thursday and early Friday and charged with homicide in connection with Zaman's death, police said. One of the men was charged with possession of heroin.

Early on the morning of June 25, homicide detectives found Zaman's body in his basement town house apartment at 1929 Calvert St. NW. During the following two days, while searching the apartment for evidence, detectives discovered large quantities of pure heroin barely hidden in the small apartment.

Lt. William Ritchie of the Metropolitan Police homicide squad said yesterday that the suspects believed there was cash in Zaman's apartment, but apparently were not aware of the large amount of drugs there. He said police estimate that about half a pound of heroin was taken from the apartment by Zaman's assailant, but do not know whether any money was removed.

He would not explain how he arrived at the estimate of how much was taken.

Zaman's assailants, he said, failed to make "a thorough search" of the apartment.

Arrested were Randall K. Brown, 25, of 4825 N. Capitol St. NE; Michele A. Anderson, 25, of 416 7th St. NE; and Bruce F. Wooten, 22, of 3219 Georgia Ave.

Ritchie said detectives found $4,522 in cash and approximately five ounces of heroin, with a street value of about $350,000, in Brown's apartment after Brown was arrested Thursday. The heroin was 97.7 percent pure and police believe it was from the same cache found in Zaman's apartment.

At an arraignment in D.C. Superior Court yesterday afternoon, Anderson was released on personal recognizance, although assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Brooks alleged that that she "was material in setting up the events." Wooten, on probation for convictions stemming from charges of possession of marijuana and unauthorized use of an auto, and Brown were ordered held for five days.

Ritchie said that homicide and narcotics detectives investigating the case had received information from informants that led to the arrests. Police believe that the motive for the shooting was robbery.

Ritchie said Anderson and Zaman met a few months ago in an Adams-Morgan club. He said the suspects used an excuse to enter Zaman's home, then allegedly shot him just inside the entrance.

Narcotics investigators believe at least one overdose death has occurred as a result of using some of the heroin from Zaman's home, Ritchie said. At least two more deaths are suspected to have been caused by the heroin, and two other persons have been hospitalized because they passed out after using small amounts of the almost pure drug, he said.

Police said they believe there may still be two or three more ounces of heroin from Zaman's supply still on the streets. 3 Sought Money, Not Drug Cache, D.C. Police Say By Sandra R. Gregg and Edward D. Sargent Washington Post Staff Writers

The three people charged with slaying gas station manager Rasheed K. Zaman allegedly planned to rob him because they believed he had cash in his apartment, but they were not aware of the $22 million worth of heroin stored there, police said yesterday.

Three Washington residents, two men and a woman, were arrested Thursday and early Friday and charged with homicide in connection with Zaman's death, police said. One of the men was charged with possession of heroin.

Early on the morning of June 25, homicide detectives found Zaman's body in his basement town house apartment at 1929 Calvert St. NW. During the following two days, while searching the apartment for evidence, detectives discovered large quantities of pure heroin barely hidden in the small apartment.

Lt. William Ritchie of the Metropolitan Police homicide squad said yesterday that the suspects believed there was cash in Zaman's apartment, but apparently were not aware of the large amount of drugs there. He said police estimate that about half a pound of heroin was taken from the apartment by Zaman's assailant, but do not know whether any money was removed.

He would not explain how he arrived at the estimate of how much was taken.

Zaman's assailants, he said, failed to make "a thorough search" of the apartment.

Arrested were Randall K. Brown, 25, of 4825 N. Capitol St. NE; Michele A. Anderson, 25, of 416 7th St. NE; and Bruce F. Wooten, 22, of 3219 Georgia Ave.

Ritchie said detectives found $4,522 in cash and approximately five ounces of heroin, with a street value of about $350,000, in Brown's apartment after Brown was arrested Thursday. The heroin was 97.7 percent pure and police believe it was from the same cache found in Zaman's apartment.

At an arraignment in D.C. Superior Court yesterday afternoon, Anderson was released on personal recognizance, although assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Brooks alleged that that she "was material in setting up the events." Wooten, on probation for convictions stemming from charges of possession of marijuana and unauthorized use of an auto, and Brown were ordered held for five days.

Ritchie said that homicide and narcotics detectives investigating the case had received information from informants that led to the arrests. Police believe that the motive for the shooting was robbery.

Ritchie said Anderson and Zaman met a few months ago in an Adams-Morgan club. He said the suspects used an excuse to enter Zaman's home, then allegedly shot him just inside the entrance.

Narcotics investigators believe at least one overdose death has occurred as a result of using some of the heroin from Zaman's home, Ritchie said. At least two more deaths are suspected to have been caused by the heroin, and two other persons have been hospitalized because they passed out after using small amounts of the almost pure drug, he said.

Police said they believe there may still be two or three more ounces of heroin from Zaman's supply still on the streets.