Authorities bust suspected drug ring

Local and federal authorities have seized more than 5 kilograms of illegal drugs and arrested 11 people they say are connected to a trafficking organization that operated in the District and suburbs, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Police made the arrests Thursday as they served more than two dozen search warrants in the District, Maryland and Virginia. In a statement, federal prosecutors said they seized firearms, drugs, jewelry worth more than $60,000 and tens of thousands of dollars.

In addition, officials said they uncovered in one residence an identity theft operation that involved hundreds of credit cards, social security cards and driver’s licenses.

Police said the year-long investigation by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force led agents to Los Angeles as well as around the region, from Stafford, Va., to Prince George’s County and up into Baltimore. Authorities said they have seized 3.5 kilograms of cocaine and more than two kilograms of heroin.

— Peter Hermann

Officer shot chasing robbery suspects

A District Heights police officer shot last weekend after a robbery was hit by a bullet from another officer also pursuing the suspects, Prince George’s County police said Saturday.

The name of the District Heights officer was not released. Officials said the bullet was stopped by his vest, and he had only minor injuries.

Also struck was one of three suspects, Bobby Frederick Dews, 25, of 18th Street NE, Prince George’s. All three face multiple charges in connection with the Dec. 7 armed robbery and chase that followed. A fourth suspect remained at large Saturday.

Officers from the county and District Heights police departments had responded the night of Dec. 7 to a robbery call on the 6000 block of Marlboro Pike. On their way to the scene, they saw a car driving away and followed it, police said. It stopped and three people ran in different directions. Police said Dews jumped into a nearby car, which they thought he was car-jacking but which turned out to be a getaway car.

Investigators say they believe a round fired by the District Heights officer struck Dews, the statement said.

— Michelle Boorstein

Culpeper jail fire forces evacuation

Eighty-one Culpeper County Jail inmates were temporarily evacuated to the courthouse next door Saturday morning after a fire broke out in the jail laundry room.

No one was hurt, and inmates were returned to their cells midday after the fire was put out and smoke was cleared, the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Dozens of law enforcement officers had responded quickly to the incident because they were already downtown for an annual Santa Cop breakfast at a local restaurant, the statement said.

Two jail staff attempted to put the fire out before fire personnel responded and took over.

— Michelle Boorstein