D.C. police raided a downtown Washington bar on Saturday, arrested 22 people and seized more than 25 pounds of marijuana or marijuana edibles set up on vendor tables, according to authorities and court documents.
The arrests at the XO Lounge in the 1400 block of L Street NW came after complaints from residents and workers, police said Wednesday.
Most of those charged faced misdemeanor drug distribution charges and have been released pending further hearings in D.C. Superior Court. Police described many of the suspects as vendors who allegedly set up shop inside the establishment.
An arrest affidavit filed against one suspect said that during Saturday's raid, police found him in the lounge at Vendor Table 22. Police said he had a box with 24 envelopes of wax laced with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, 10 pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes and plant materials.
A man who answered the phone at the lounge Wednesday and described himself as the manager and owner disputed the police account and denied 22 people had been arrested.
"I don't know what really happened," said the man, who declined to give his name. He said the lounge had been rented to a private party he declined to identify. "I cannot tell you what was going on," he said. "This is a normal bar."
Police said that they seized 17 pounds of marijuana, 10 pounds of marijuana edibles and two quarts of THC-infused oils. It is legal to possess small amounts of marijuana in the District, although selling any amount is illegal.