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Published on May 17, 2024
10 Suspected in Washington D.C. Fentanyl and Cocaine Ring, Linked to School Vicinity Distribution and Gun ChargesSource: Google Street View

A drug bust in the nation's capital has netted 10 individuals accused of running a fentanyl and cocaine distribution network. The crew, operating in Washington D.C., faces charges for distributing narcotics near schools, along with firearms offenses, as announced by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and several federal agencies.

Law enforcement descended on 21 residences and nabbed nearly two dozen guns in the operation. They also executed warrants on nine vehicles, and targeted 14 suspects, yesterday, across the District and Maryland, in a coordinated effort involving multiple agencies. Among those arrested were Charles Manson and Damien Jenkins, allegedly tied to a recent shooting on March 7, near a local high school.

The heavy-hitting indictment includes a striking charge – conspiring to distribute 400 grams or more of deadly fentanyl and cocaine base within the perilous proximity of Phelps ACE High School and the AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Manson stands accused not only of drug distribution but also gun violence stemming from the March incident where ammunition was unlawfully in his possession, laying bare the intersectionality of drug trafficking and area shootings. The defendants, all District residents, are now facing the full brunt of the law after a significant blow to their operation.