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Marshals Seeking Fugitive in NW DC Find Large Marijuana Operation, Including Vape Cartridges

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    Resident Describes Pot Drive-Through at Apartment Building

    A resident of a building where a large pot operation was busted this week describes customers driving through the alley to make buy or waiting in the lobby. Jackie Bensen reports.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 4, 2019)

    U.S. marshals looking for a fugitive in Northwest D.C. came across what police describe as a large-scale marijuana-dealing operation.

    Authorities executed a search warrant at an apartment in the 2400 block of K Street NW near The George Washington University Wednesday night. They didn’t find the fugitive they were looking for, but they did make an arrest.

    In the apartment they found hundreds of packets of a wax-like substance labeled with names like “Peanut Butter” and “Phelps OG,” according to court documents. They also found boxes of vape cartridges — the type of cartridges linked to lung illness and death in users.

    “These products are not licensed, they’re not regulated,” Metropolitan Police Department Cmdr. John Haines said. “Typically, they’re black market or gray market type items, and there certainly is no clear government entity or anyone else regulating what’s being put in these items.”

    Large-Scale Marijuana Operation Discovered in Foggy Bottom

    [DC] Large-Scale Marijuana Operation Discovered in Foggy Bottom

    U.S. marshals looking for a fugitive in Foggy Bottom came across what police describe as a large-scale pot-selling operation. News4's Jackie Bensen reports they also found boxes of the type of vape cartridges linked to lung damage and death in users.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019)

    Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified what it calls “THC-containing vape products” as a possible contributor to an outbreak of the deadly lung illness.

    Also in the apartment were bags of marijuana, 187 marijuana joints and more than $49,000, according to court documents.

    A resident of the building said customers would drive through the alley behind the building to pick up drugs or wait in the lobby. He said many residents suspected the illegal activity and it wasn't welcome.

    The building's management has not returned a request for comment.

    The CDC has confirmed at least 18 deaths and more than 1,000 patients in that outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping, including one death in Virginia.

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