City Desk

The Blotter: Potomac Gardens Is The New Langston Terrace

blotter42D.C.'s Barksdale Crew?: A police source offers fresh details about the alleged Potomac Gardens drug ring that suffered a huge blow earlier this month.  Police ostensibly busted up the crew–connected to an alleged drug market in the public housing complex–when they made 15 arrests. A police source says cops had been working a case against the heroin-cocaine crew for several years. Police began looking at the alleged dealers some time after busting another crew lead by Rex Pelote, Sr. in Langston Terrace. Two years ago, Langston Terrace was the place for Northeast addicts to go to score. A year after the Langston operation was hobbled, informants told cops local addicts had started shopping at Potomac Gardens. The FBI-led Safe Streets Task Force, which includes MPD and Park Police, used undercover drug buys, surveillance and search warrants to collar the new crew, the source says.
 
Checks Cashed, Cuffs Clicked: On Thursday, police arrested two men suspected of fatally shooting a store clerk during an armed robbery on June 17.  Court documents offer details of what happened: Prabhjot Singh charged one of the gunmen who'd stormed into the check-cashing establishment in the 2500 block of Benning Road around 10 a.m. A security camera picked up the clerk and gunman moving through the front entrance of the store during the fight. They fell. On the ground, clerk and robber struggled over a gun, docments say, and Singh was shot in the head. Singh may have been defending his father, who was also in the store. The elder Singh was pistol-whipped during the robbery. The gunmen escaped with $12,000. Cops later arrested the two alleged robbers, Gregory Trotter, 48, and Ernest Pee, 49.

Beaten and Abandoned: A 19-year-old woman was found dead in a car in Fairfax on Sunday. Though the 2008 two-door Toyota was discovered in a ditch off the south side of Arlington Boulevard at about 3:30 p.m., Fairfax cops don't think the young female died in a collision: "The victim appeared to have trauma to the upper body which was not consistent with the mechanism of the crash." Fairfax cops are investigating the suspicious death.

One Man, Many Burglaries: While cops don't buy the story that a burglar killed Robert Wone, it's obvious that Dupont Circle, scene of the high profile murder, has had its share of break-ins. Serial burglar Willie Carter, for instance, plagued the neighborhood from at least May through November 2009. According to charging documents, Carter was arrested not too far away from Wone's murder site on a fire escape in the 1800 block of S Street NW. Carter allegedly had a packet of "white powder" in his pocket. He admitted on the scene that he had been burglarizing an apartment via the fire escape. After pleading guilty to five other burglaries, he was sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison this month.

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