Ten persons, including a D.C. police officer, were arrested yesterday and charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia after officers responding to a reported shooting at a Southeast Washington apartment discovered the apartment was being used to "dispense and administer" drugs, a police spokesman said.
Lt. William White III said the officers found no one injured when they arrived at the apartment about 7:25 a.m. but saw what appeared to be drugs and drug paraphernalia.
The officers later obtained a D.C. Superior Court search warrant for the apartment at 2525 Minnesota Ave. SE and seized an undetermined amount of white powder believed to be cocaine and some drug paraphernalia, White said. It was unclear if anyone lived at the apartment, he said.
White identified the arrested officer as Avery R. Holland, 29, of Alabama Ave. SE, and said he was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. A police official said Holland, a seven-year member of the force assigned to the 2nd District, had been on indefinite suspension status without pay as a result of a March 9 incident in Montgomery County in which several shots were fired at his girlfriend.
White said the D.C. police officials will decide "what, if any, adverse action should be taken against the officer once the case is adjudicated in court in Montgomery County. Today's arrest is another matter we will have to take into consideration."
Also charged yesterday with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia:
Darrell Herndon, 45, of 434 Massachusetts Ave. NE; Carlton J. Smith, 45, of 5552 Bass Place SE; James P. Herbert, 47, of 2110 Alice Ave., Oxon Hill; Vernon B. Paige, 30, of 4131 Southern Ave., Capitol Heights; Melvin Burroughs, 33, of 4135 Alabama Ave. SE; James Long, 38, of 540 Ninth St. SE; Victoria Stone, 34, of 1716 16th St. SE; Margret Marshall, 35, of 1617 Gales St. NE, and Karen Wilson, 30, of 3646 Horner Place SE.