- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 7, 2001

The Safe Streets Task Force found a couple of handguns and some ammunition, but no drugs, when it searched the homes and businesses of Tommy Edelin and his father, Earl "Tony" Edelin.
That was the testimony of FBI agents and police yesterday as the death-penalty trial of Tommy Edelin, 33, entered its 14th week in U.S. District Court. Assistant U.S. attorneys expect to conclude their case today against the Edelins and four co-defendants, charged with racketeering, drug dealing, conspiracy and involvement in 14 killings in the 1990s.
"There were no drugs seized at that location," testified FBI Agent Vincent Lisi, of the July 29, 1998, visit when 10 task force members searched Tommy Edelin's Drama City Records in Clinton.
But a .380 semiautomatic pistol loaded with six bullets was found on a bedroom closet floor. Later, defense attorney James W. Rudasill Jr. pointed out that Mr. Lisi ignored testifying about an open gun case and a BB gun in the same closet.
Another agent testified to finding a 9 mm semiautomatic in a clothes hamper and a 9 mm semiautomatic loaded with eight hollow-point bullets, the kind that blow big holes in targets, on a closet shelf in Earl Edelin's Forestville home.
There were no guns but there were 20 hollow-point bullets and a nylon holster in the upstairs office of Stanton Dwellings Recreation Center, where Tony Edelin, 51, was director, testified Agent Alice C. Moy of the search on July 28, 1998.
Former Bladensburg police Officer Brett Spicer, now an Austin, Texas, deputy sheriff, returned to testify about a raid and search March 1, 1996, of the Forestville residence of Kenneth Daniels, who was later convicted of drug possession.
As officers closed in, Deputy Spicer testified, "[Tommy] Edelin ran out the back sliding-glass door," and discarded a .380 revolver and a bag that later analysis showed contained cocaine residue.
A search of the house found $5,900 in cash, a bank-deposit record of nearly $38,000, a slow cooker, measuring spoon and sifter with cocaine residue, and two large boxes of baking soda, commonly used by drug dealers to turn cocaine into crack, Deputy Spicer said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William Sullivan Jr. read a Prince George's County Circuit Court record that Tony Edelin pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and "concealed dangerous substance," and was sentenced to three years, which was suspended, and six months in home detention.
The Safe Streets search of Drama City Records resulted in a lot of business papers, including receipts for nearly $10,000 in jewelry and about $2,500 to engrave "EE" on some gold pieces and reset jewels, Mr. Lisi testified.
There were many photographs of Tommy Edelin, including several with expensive cars, among them a Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jeep and a red pickup truck. A couple of photographs showed him with sunglasses and wearing a floor-length, white fur coat. In another, there is a head-and-shoulders photo under the title "Playgirl."
There was also a letter to Tommy Edelin from a North Carolina convict and a newspaper clipping about a double slaying there. The grand jury indictment charges him with having Arion Wilson and Charles Morgan shot to death April 23, 1994, in Alamance County.
A key witness, Thomas "Mussie" Sims, 24, returned briefly to the witness stand yesterday to be questioned by another Tommy Edelin attorney, Pleasant Brodnax III, about his plea bargain to get leniency on a life sentence for cooperating with the FBI.
Mr. Brodnax read transcripts of the testimony in 1997 before a U.S. District Court judge that allowed Sims to go free in an agreement to cooperate with the FBI to build a case against Tommy Edelin and co-defendants. Sims was held in Loudoun County jail when he was not on the street "cooperating."
"No," said Sims when asked if he remembered what he told the judge then. While free, Sims continued to deal drugs and guns. The transcript also states "he shot two people, apparently in cold blood."
Others on trial are Henry "Blue" Johnson, Shelton "Wah-Luck" Marbury, Bryan Bostick and Marwin "Funky" Mosley.

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