A staffer within D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s religious affairs division was ordered to remain in jail Wednesday following his arrest for cocaine disribution.
Lorenzo R. Sanders, 51, was arrested late Tuesday after members of a SWAT team and U.S. Park Police narcotics unit burst into his Southeast Washington apartment, armed with a warrant and sledgehammer, and found two clear sandwich bags of cocaine in his toilet, according to D.C. Superior Court charging documents.
Authorities said the drugs weighed about 60.5 grams.
Police also found five pieces of clear plastic that each contained a white rock-like substance, that was believed to be crack cocaine, weighing about 10.8 grams and a piece of clear plastic containing a tan powder which was suspected to be 0.6 grams of heroin.
Police also found a digital scale and drug paraphernalia, three plates that contained a white powdery residue, a razor blade, safety goggles and three unused ski masks.
Sanders has been arrested for drugs in the past. In 1985, a D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced Sanders to 54 months in jail after Sanders pleaded guilty to selling heroin, according to court records.
Sanders’s next hearing is scheduled for Friday.
Separately on Tuesday, police arrested Sanders’s adult son, Lorenzo, in Temple Hills where according to court records, police found eight grams of crack cocaine and a pistol.
Bowser issued a statement Wednesday evening saying that Sanders, who was hired in 2012, had been place on administrative leave and the process to terminate him had begun.
“The Bowser Administration does not tolerate employees who violate the public trust,” the statement said. “We have made Mr. Sanders’ work space available to the police.”
This article has been updated.