- The Washington Times - Friday, October 9, 2015

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said she has begun the termination process for a staffer in her religious affairs division who was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Lorenzo R. Sanders, 51, was arrested after members of a SWAT team and U.S. Park Police narcotics unit served a warrant at his D.C. apartment and found two sandwich baggies of cocaine in his toilet, weighing about 60.5 grams, The Washington Post reported.

Police also found several individual containers of what they believed to be crack and another containing what they suspected to be 0.6 grams of heroin. Police also found a digital scale, safety goggles, three unused ski masks and other drug paraphernalia, The Post reported.

Ms. Bowser issued a statement Wednesday saying she has begun the termination process for Mr. Sanders, who was hired in 2012 under the Vincent Gray administration.

“Unlike direct mayoral appointees, Mr. Sanders cannot be immediately terminated at will,” she said. “We have placed Mr. Sanders on administrative leave and have engaged the HR process necessary to terminate career service employees. The Bowser Administration does not tolerate employees who violate the public trust. We have made Mr. Sanders‘ work space available to the police.”

Mr. Sanders had previously been jailed in 1985 after pleading guilty to selling heroin, according to court records, The Post reported.

Separately on Tuesday, police arrested Mr. Sanders’s adult son, Dominic Sanders, in Temple Hills, Maryland, for crack cocaine and gun possession.

Police said Dominic told them the illegal possessions found at his father’s home belonged to him, but police could not corroborate that claim, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

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