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25 Arrested in Wash. Heroin Raid

August 8, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A 90-minute wave of early-morning raids here Tuesday reaped 25 arrests and 11 pounds of heroin, said authorities confident they’d shut down a large heroin distribution operation.

Wilma Lewis, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, announced the arrests, which included sellers, drug couriers and money launderers who took part in a drug operation that generated more than $20 million in four years.

``Since 1996, this organization has been responsible for distributing more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of heroin,″ Lewis said.

A 58-count indictment charges 30 individuals with conspiracy, possession, distribution and money laundering. Although police were searching for three additional suspects late Tuesday, Lewis said two others were already in custody before the raids began.

Leading the 69-page indictment are charges against Earl A. Garner, 49, of Temple Hills, Md., who is accused of masterminding the drug network. The indictments also say Garner’s son, Earl A. Garner Jr., 30, of Capitol Heights, Md. and nephew, Reginald C. Carter, 30, of being his top managers.

Police also confiscated 16 vehicles, more than $790,000 in cash, and 2,000 tablets of methadone, a synthetic narcotic sometimes used in the treatment of heroin addiction, were also seized.

District police also promised to increase patrols to keep new dealers from moving into the Langston Terrace Dwellings, a 275-unit public housing complex that served as the drug dealers’ base of operations.

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