11 Arrested In DC, Maryland And Virginia On Federal Drug Charges

3:46 PM, Aug 17, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Eleven people were arrested Wednesday following indictments in connection with an investigation focusing on a group of drug traffickers by the FBI/Metropolitan Police Department Safe Streets Task Force. Authorities say the drug traffickers arranged for delivery of large amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana to the Washington, D.C. area.

The 11 people were arrested after two federal indictments on August 11  in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictments were unsealed Wednesday. The indictments include forfeiture counts seeking all proceeds from the crimes.

The FBI, U.S. Park Police, and MPD, with assistance from the Prince George's County Police Department, searched 15 locations Wednesday in the District of Columbia, Prince George's County, Maryland, and Playa Del Rey, California.

Authorities seized 11 firearms, including a Mac 11 pistol and two shotguns, significant amounts of heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana and more than $64,000 in cash.

During the entire investigation, authorities have seized more than four kilograms of cocaine, more than 300 grams of crack cocaine, more than five pounds of marijuana, and a significant amount of heroin.

The first indictment charged eight defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, and Arizona. Two people were charged for possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense. Another defendant was charged for individual acts of distribution of crack cocaine.

Defendants include:

  • Eric Moses, 37, of Washington, D.C.
  • Lester Stanley Austin III, 34, of Alexandria, Va.
  • Joshua Drake, 42, of Fort Washington, Md.
  • Kimberly Hall, 32, of Capitol Heights, Md.
  • Mason Anthony Huddleston, 31, of Lignum, Va.
  • Aaron Patrick Jones, 38, of Washington, D.C.
  • Brian David Marsh, 36, of Oxon Hill, Md.
  • and Juan Luiz Mathis, 31, of Oxon Hill, Md.

The second indictment charged four defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, within the DC, Maryland, and California.

The defendants in that case include: Eric Moses; Victor Donell Brown, 23, of Washington, D.C.; Marcus Joseph Capanna, 27, of Playa Del Rey, Calif., and Don Lavae Williams, 29, of Bladensburg, Md.

Several defendants were to make their first court appearances Wednesday afternoon.

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