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Dozens swept up in cross-border crime crackdown

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

Twenty-nine people were arrested Thursday in the Washington area in an ongoing investigation into a network that distributed heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and other drugs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Federal prosecutors in D.C. announced a multi-jurisdictional roundup of 15 people in D.C., 14 in Prince George's County and Montgomery County, one in Richmond, Va., and one in Georgia.

As of Thursday afternoon, authorities searched 31 locations and had seized about $100,000 in cash, about a half-ounce of heroin, about 10 grams of crack cocaine, about a half-pound of marijuana, and 13 firearms, including handguns and rifles.

Those arrested were among 34 defendants named in indictments returned Tuesday. Three of the 34 defendants already had been in custody, and two others are being sought.

The investigation uncovered a sprawling drug operation that had several suppliers, prosecutors said. The supply and distribution network included re-distribution of kilogram quantities (2.2 pounds) of heroin and crack cocaine along the Georgia Avenue corridor, 17th and Euclid streets NW, the 1600 block of Fuller Street NW, and several other areas in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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