Joint Investigation Leads to Arrest and Largest Heroin Seizure Ever in Southern Maryland Area

January 7, 2019
Linwood Douglas Thorne, 46, of Northeast Washington

Linwood Douglas Thorne, 46, of Northeast Washington

Over the past several months the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington Field Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF), conducted an ongoing drug investigation, which led to a significant arrest.

On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, multiple search warrants were executed in the Washington, D.C. area. During a search warrant in the 4200 block of Foote Street, Northeast, officers seized more than 40 kilos of heroin laced with fentanyl, over 40 pounds of marijuana, and six (6) semiautomatic handguns, which are pictured.

On Thursday, January 3, 2019, pursuant to United States District Court arrest warrant 46 year-old Linwood Douglas Thorne of Northeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute One Kilogram or More of Heroin, Using, Carrying and Possessing a Firearm during a drug trafficking Offense, and Forfeiture.

During today’s press conference, MPD Chief Newsham stated that, “During this opioid crisis that many of our communities in Washington, DC are suffering from, we are thankful to get this large amount of heroin off the streets that will hopefully prevent deaths in our city. Anyone who is selling illegal firearms in our community is contributing to the violence we see in our community.”

“Violence erupts when guns and drugs meet, and this case had plenty of both,” stated Special Agent in Charge Thomas L. Chittum III from the ATF Washington Field Division. “ATF is committed to working with our partners to reduce violent crime and make America safer by removing illegal firearms and dangerous drugs from our streets. This investigation is a great example of how we are doing just that. I hope it serves as a reminder to others that if you use or carry illegal firearms, we will do everything in our power to lock you up to protect the law abiding citizens of this community.”

“Because we have removed this heroin from our streets, we know that we have saved lives. For too many years, heroin has been a scourge in our community; it’s torn up families, and in recent years, it has become even more deadly,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “I want to thank our law enforcement partners for this focus and for removing these drugs and guns from our community.”

This matter was investigated by the FBI WFO’s Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force (SSVGTF), ATF – Washington Field Office and MPD. The SSVGTF is composed of FBI Agents, ATF Agents, U.S. Park Police Detectives, and MPD Detectives. The task force is focused on disrupting and dismantling the most violent and dangerous gangs and street crews in the District of Columbia.


19 Responses to Joint Investigation Leads to Arrest and Largest Heroin Seizure Ever in Southern Maryland Area

  1. Anonymous on January 7, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Didn’t know North East DC was close to SoMD.

    • Anonymous on January 7, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Where do you think drugs in Southern MD come from, outer space? DC and Balt are dumping drugs into southern md at an alarming rate.

  2. Thomas Maynard on January 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

    YES!!! Great Job getting this scum off the streets!

  3. Geography Confusion on January 7, 2019 at 9:07 am

    How do you get “southern Maryland” …out of a bust in D.C.?

    • Anonymous on January 7, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      Means the case originated in SOMD. Someone down here probably snitched on someone up there

    • John Smith on January 7, 2019 at 6:44 pm

      DC, Baltimore, Annapolis are at the top of the our land peninsula as if it were a barrel. Everything trickles down into St. Mary’s County which is at the bottom… Unless of course the product is being manufactured and/or brought in at St. Mary’s…

  4. Anonymous on January 7, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Good work!

  5. Trump on January 7, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Hip hip hooray. Get this crap off all or streets with the quickness

  6. Eddie on January 7, 2019 at 9:29 am

    To everyone asking what does DC have to to with Somd, I’m willing to bet that the majority of the drugs in that bust would have ended up in Somd if it wasn’t seized.

  7. Anonymous on January 7, 2019 at 9:51 am

    SOMD might as well be DC,its worse as far as crime thanks to these judges who refuse to put people in jail and keep the revolving door of crime going. Will only get worse.

    • Ryan on January 7, 2019 at 10:33 am

      Truth Bomb
      If that revolving door were to be shut and locked all of our fine upstanding lawyer lobbyists would go out of business.

    • Anonymous on January 7, 2019 at 10:46 am

      Somd has never been worse than dc. Shut your dramatic ass up. Go live in dc then come back ans tell us how much somd is worse.

  8. Tea Bag King on January 7, 2019 at 11:33 am

    I agree that some of these drugs would be pushed in southern Maryland, but the headline implies the seizure occured here and that’s not the case. C’mon SMNewsnet…

  9. Joe on January 7, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    40 lbs of heroin spreads over a great distance. Also noteworthy is the mixing with Fentanyl- the current worst killer drug

    • Anonymous on January 7, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      40 kilos is over 80lbs

  10. STACEY on January 7, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Congratulations hope they find more I don’t care where it was found what location is States I’m grateful they are finding these major dealers because too many lives have been lost everywhere especially in southern Maryland keep up the great work.

  11. James Dresser on January 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Close the boder from Mexico as 80% of these drugs come across from there.

    • Anthony Mcclough on January 8, 2019 at 11:34 am

      What about the terrorists? Every terror attack in America since 9/11 has been committed by Americans. The pills that most of your neighbors are overdosing on are made in America too. What’s the solution to the real problems in America? The actual problems are probably like most of the products you buy, “Made in America”

  12. John on January 10, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I wonder if he was keeping his spare cash in his forehead…