- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 10, 2000

A task force of District of Columbia and Prince George's County, Md., police seized 38 pounds of marijuana yesterday, arresting two women and keeping $275,000 worth of narcotics out of a Southeast area marred by violence.

Canine units from Prince George's County detected the marijuana in two boxes going to locations in the Metropolitan Police Department's 7th District. The unit alerted D.C. police about the shipment, said 7th District Cmdr. Winston Robinson Jr.

A Prince George's County undercover officer drove a mail delivery truck to the two addresses one in the 1100 block of Trenton Street SE, the other in the 600 block of Mississippi Avenue SE and D.C. police with search warrants quickly raided the homes and arrested two women.

Their names and the charges they face were not available last night, police said.

"A lot of violence has erupted over the sale of marijuana in the 7th District," Cmdr. Robinson said. "It presents a big danger not just the use, but the violence associated with selling and buying."

Investigators believe the two women were affiliated with an organization because of the large quantity of marijuana.

Yesterday's drug bust, one of the biggest in Cmdr. Robinson's seven years at the district's helm, was the latest example of a successful partnership between 7th District officers and Prince George's County police.

The two agencies teamed up several years ago because of the drug-running across the D.C.-Maryland border, Cmdr. Robinson said.

Officers share information and are federally deputized so they can make arrests in the other jurisdiction. The initiative has netted 400 arrests, Cmdr. Robinson said.

He noted that the two locations raided yesterday are just a few blocks from where a 77-year-old great-grandmother was shot and killed in the cross fire between two arguing groups in June.

Grace Edwards was on her morning walk in the 3400 block of 10th Place SE in the Congress Park neighborhood about 6:45 a.m. on June 12 when two rival groups one in a car, the other on the sidewalk opened fire at each other.

Mrs. Edwards, less than 100 yards from her apartment, was hit by at least one bullet and pronounced dead at a hospital that morning.

Mrs. Edwards was well-known to many 7th District officers, who often exchanged greetings with her.

Two men have been charged in the homicide.

Nakia Antonio Roy, 25, of the 3300 block of Curtis Drive in Hillcrest, was charged with first-degree murder.

Edward Settles Jr., 26, is charged with second-degree murder.

Police said Mrs. Edwards was not the intended target of the shooting. The two men apparently were arguing over a woman, police said.

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