10 people arrested in drug conspiracy case

During the arrest and search on Wednesday, police found eight firearms and “significant” amounts of fentanyl and crack cocaine.

WASHINGTON — Editor’s Note: The above video was published May 24, 2022.

On Wednesday, 10 people were charged on federal charges related to an ongoing investigation into a drug organization, officials say. Thirteen people in total are named in the indictment that officials say was returned earlier in May and unsealed on Wednesday.

Police arrested William Proctor, 54; Ako Handy, 48; Elliott Johnson, 42; Manuel Brown, 41; Thomas Shelton, 37; Keith Gliss, 36; Jeremy Young, 35; Andre Williams, 32; Daevon Narce, 29; Stanley Hood, 26. Officials say Johnson is from Maryland and the rest of the suspects are from DC

In addition, officials say two people have already been detained. Brian Rice, 34, and Tyrone Wade, 29, were already in custody.

An additional person “is still wanted,” officials say.

Police reportedly found eight firearms and “significant” amounts of fentanyl and crack cocaine during Wednesday’s arrest and search, officials say.

The drug organization has distributed cocaine and fentanyl in the DC area, and officials say the operations mostly took place near Seventh and O Streets in Northwest, DC.

“Communities deserve to thrive without the presence of illegal drug activity and violence, and our operation was successful in removing individuals involved in this behavior from district neighborhoods,” said DC Police Chief Robert Contee.

Officials say the drug conspiracy charges arose from an investigation into drug trafficking and violence on Seventh and O Streets in the Shaw, Truxton and LeDroit Park neighborhoods of Northwest, DC, in conjunction with a street crew.

A press release states that “the indictment alleges that the organization has been in business since at least July 1, 2021”.

The case is being pursued by Assistant US Attorneys Steven B. Wasserman and Solomon Eppel of the Violence Reduction and Human Trafficking Division of the District of Columbia’s US Law Office. Officials say the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has also assisted in this case.

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