MPD Chief Cathy L. Lanier, center, with Assistant Chief Peter Newsham, left, and Commander Melvin Scott, right, speaks about an undercover operation that resulted in the arrest of 70 suspects and confiscation of firearms and narcotics with a value of more than $7.1 million at Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 19, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

MPD Chief Cathy L. Lanier, center, with Assistant Chief Peter Newsham, left, and Commander Melvin Scott, right, speaks about an undercover operation that resulted in the arrest of 70 suspects and confiscation of firearms and narcotics with a value of more than $7.1 million at Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 19, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)