Police to Unleash "Operation Adams Morgan"

Thursday, Jul 21, 2011  |  Updated 10:32 AM EDT
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Some business owners are concerned that the weekend crowds in Adams Morgan are getting out of control.

NBC Washington- Darcy Spencer

Some business owners are concerned that the weekend crowds in Adams Morgan are getting out of control.

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Attention those who party hard and cause chaos in Adams Morgan: Police are finally making a move.

D.C. Police said they will unleash "Operation Adams Morgan" this weekend in an attempt to curb the violence and mayhem that has been increasing in the area filled with late-night bar and restaurant action.

Over the next few weekends, MPD said it will deploy more officers and resources into the area "than seen in many years."

The initial phase this weekend will begin with minor parking restrictions along 18th Street NW and gradually progress into a full compliment of uniformed and undercover officers "conducting various operations while teaming up with several city agencies... in addition to members of the Guardian Angels."

They will target underage drinking, drunk driving, alcohol and narcotic-related offenses and "many quality of life issues and concerns."

Police said the moves were made following planning sessions with citizens and businesses in the area.

Some say Adams Morgan has turned into a party district, and the atmosphere has gotten out of control.

"There's partying, drinking in public, loud stereos, you name it," said James Nixon, who owns a fine arts store on 18th Street NW. "Anything goes down here. Police have created an environment where Adams Morgan is the place to go to do anything you want all through the night."

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