Two men were arrested and more than $850,000 cash and five handguns were later seized from a house in Prince George's County after the pair allegedly tried to buy a large quantity of cocaine from an undercover police officer at a Capitol Hill hotel Tuesday night, D.C. police reported.
Cornell Mert Jones, 28, of 6204 Guinevere Ct., Glenn Dale, and Alvin V. Bailey of 1240 Neal St. NE were arrested about 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.
They were each charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and were ordered held without bond at the D.C. Jail after a hearing yesterday before Magistrate Patrick J. Attridge in U.S. District Court.
"You're always guessing when you say someone is a top dog," said D.C. Assistant Police Chief Isaac Fulwood, "but we think he Jones is a top dog" in the drug trade that centers around Hanover Place NW, one of the District's largest markets for illegal narcotics.
Fulwood said that the arrests were part of an investigation by the 1st District vice unit and the D.C. police Drug Enforcement Task Force, which developed information that two men were seeking to purchase drugs from a "Miami connection" because their old source had "dried up."
According to the complaint filed in court, the men had several meetings and conversations with an undercover officer, during which "an agreement was made that they would purchase one kilo [2.2 lbs.] of purported cocaine for $30,000. The men stated that they would then take this kilo to another location where they would test it for purity," the document says.
It says that, "if the purity was adequate," the men would then purchase an additional nine kilos of cocaine.
According to Fulwood, the suspects arrived at the hotel and paid the officer $30,000.
They were given a kilo of "purported cocaine" and were arrested as they left the hotel room, the complaint says.
After their arrest, Prince George's County police, aided by D.C. police, obtained a warrant and at 1:30 a.m. yesterday searched Jones' Glenn Dale house, where they seized more than $850,000 cash, a Mercedes-Benz 190E sedan, a two-seat Mercedes convertible sports car, five handguns, two large television sets, "expensive jewelry" and furs, Fulwood said.
According to court documents, a small amount of cocaine, an agent used to dilute cocaine and a key to a safety deposit box also were confiscated.
Yesterday afternoon, police investigators from the 1st District obtained another search warrant from U.S. District Court and executed it on a safety deposit box at the First American Bank, 444 North Capitol St. NW, where they found nine bundles of cash, mostly $100 bills, totaling $57,600, according to court documents.