This news tidbit should be of interest to everyone who has been concerned about the continuing drug problem around Turkey Thicket. Officers from the Fourth Police District executed a search warrant around 1 p.m. yesterday at 1017 Taussig Place NE and arrested a 24-year-old resident of that address, identified by police as Derek Nathaniel Blandon. Blandon is supposed to be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court today on charges that include possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and carrying a pistol without a license. Police seized crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, a handgun and drug paraphernalia during the raid.
A PSA 405 officer tells me that this incident resulted from chance, not an investigation. Police who accompanied a probation officer to the home on Sunday smelled marijuana and "locked everybody down" while the search warrant was obtained.
I have been unable, so far, to ascertain whether 4D and 5D officers are communicating about this search and arrest, since the police district line is at Taylor Street and 5D has been trying to deal with the Turkey Thicket problem.
MPD's press release on the incident here.
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