(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today congratulated the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and federal law-enforcement agencies for a successful yearlong undercover operation that resulted in a significant number of arrests and confiscation of illegal drugs and other materials. “Operation Manic Enterprises” began on November 2, 2010 and ended last month.
“Public safety is one of the top priorities of my administration, and I commend the members of MPD and our federal law-enforcement partners for their continued efforts to make the District of Columbia a safer place,” Mayor Gray said.
The operation – announced earlier today by Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and officials from several federal law-enforcement agencies – resulted in the arrests of 70 suspects for the possession and distribution of firearms and narcotics with a street value of more than $7.1 million.
The joint effort by MPD, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the FBI, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Attorney’s Office targeted illegal firearms trafficking, drug trafficking and fencing operations in the District.
As a result of the operation, MPD and federal authorities seized approximately 80 pounds of methamphetamine, 9.6 kilograms of cocaine, 1.25 gallons of PCP, 23.5 pounds of marijuana, heroin and MDMA/ecstasy. The drugs were purchased and seized by the detectives in the investigation. Additionally, 161 firearms (including 29 assault weapons) were purchased or seized.