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More arrests made in cocaine case

7 linked to drug trafficking group

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Metropolitan police arrested seven men Tuesday who they say are linked to a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing large amounts of cocaine in the D.C. area, prosecutors said.

The announcement comes after the April seizure of nearly 65 pounds of cocaine from a storage unit in Hyattsville and the arrests of four men who were at the unit, said William Miller, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office for the District.

Charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine were Sean De Angelo Crawford, 31, of the District; Shawn Anthony Lucas, 39, of Upper Marlboro; Roscoe Edd Minns, 32, of Laurel; and Joseph Tolbert III, 35, of Laurel. All four were ordered held without bond.

Three other men will be arraigned in court Wednesday, at which point their names will be released. Mr. Miller declined to discuss the roles prosecutors think the men arrested Tuesday played in the drug trafficking scheme.

Several guns, marijuana, crack cocaine and $25,000 was also recovered by authorities who made the arrests.

The four men arrested April 26 at the Hyattsville storage unit were identified as Gezo Edwards, 37, of Silver Spring; William M. Bowman, 31, of Bowie; Robert Carl Richards, 35, of Seat Pleasant; and Willie Moorer, 37, of the District.

A superseding indictment issued Tuesday adds five new drug charges and three new weapons charges against Mr. Bowman and two new weapons charges against Mr. Edwards, Mr. Richards and Mr. Moorer. They have all been in custody since they were arrested.

The initial seizure, which netted nearly 65 pounds of cocaine, an assault rifle, two pistols, two bulletproof vests and close to $600,000, was one of the largest recent drug seizures in the area, Mr. Miller said.

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