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Seven indicted in drug trafficking case

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Seven people were indicted Tuesday in connection with a drug trafficking case that resulted in the seizure of 30 kilograms of cocaine.

A total of 11 people have now been charged in the case.

"Today's takedown is further evidence of our effort to turn the tables on drug traffickers that endanger our community," said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. "We will be thorough, deliberate, and relentless in clearing our neighborhoods of narcotics, firearms, and the violence that they bring."

Four of those arrested appeared Tuesday in court and pleaded not guilty. They are: Sean De Angelo Crawford, 31, of Washington, D.C.; Shawn Anthony Lucas, 39, of Upper Marlboro, Md.; Roscoe Edd Minns, 32, of Laurel, Md., and Joseph Tolbert, III, 35, of Laurel, Md., All were ordered jailed without bond. The other men arrested today are due in court on June 22.

The arrests were made after authorities served search warrants in the District and Maryland.

The arrests follow an incident two months ago where authorities recovered 29.5 kilograms of cocaine, weapons and two bulletproof vests from a Maryland storage locker.

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