A 25-year-old District of Columbia man has been arrested after a search of two suburban Maryland apartments where $2 million worth of cocaine, $11,000 in cash and drug processing paraphernalia were seized, FBI officials reported yesterday.
The FBI said the arrests came as part of an investigation of drug trafficking on Hanover Place NW. Earlier this week D.C. police arrested a man who Assistant Chief Isaac Fulwood said was the "top dog" in Hanover Place cocaine trafficking.
FBI officials said James Turner of 1609 First St. NW was arrested Thursday after agents exercised a search warrant at an apartment at 4847 St. Barnabas Road, Marlow Heights, and found almost nine pounds of nearly pure cocaine, two metal presses used to mold the drug into half-pound bricks and additional quantities of the drug packaged for sale. They also seized $7,000 cash and BMW, Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz cars, officials said.
The seizures followed by one day a search of an apartment at 9737 Mount Pisgah Rd., Silver Spring, that officials said yielded about 6 1/2 pounds of nearly pure cocaine, four metal presses, 75 pounds of a substance used to dilute the drug for street sales, $20,000 in furs, $4,000 in cash and a .357 magnum handgun, officials said.
Turner was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute the drug, according to the FBI. He was being held without bond last night pending a review hearing.