US Park Police seize rifles, other guns after stopping a speeding car at Tidal Basin – Washington Post

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A police stop of a vehicle speeding across the Kutz Bridge at the Tidal Basin led authorities to a cache of drugs and weapons, including two long rifles, drugs and ammunition, according to law enforcement authorities.

U.S. Park Police on Tuesday posted a picture of the seized weapons on Twitter, noting that some were found in a vehicle on Independence Avenue near some of the District’s main tourist attractions — the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool.

Police said they arrested Demetrice Spencer, 33, of Northeast and Kevin Howe, 24, of Southeast and charged each with several firearms violations and drug charges. The incident occurred Friday about 11:30 p.m.

Sgt. Anna Rose, a spokeswoman for the Park Police, said officers searched the stopped vehicle and found 11 sandwich bags with 37 grams of marijuana, a black ski mask and two handguns.

Rose said officers later searched Spencer’s residence in Northeast and found two rifles, ammunition and two pellet guns, along with crack and powdered cocaine. Spencer faces additional gun and drug distribution charges. Police identifed the rifles as a ATI 7.62 mm semi-automatic and a Special Weapons Inc. .233 caliber.

Earlier this month, Park Police reported finding another assault-style weapon in a separate, unrelated case on Hayes Street in Northeast Washington, at the Paradise at Parkside apartments. Police said they searched a 2010 Cadillac STS parked in the complex and found inside the trunk 44 ounces of suspected PCP, a Bushmaster .233 caliber rifle, 20 rounds of ammunition and a digital scale.

Police said they found drug paraphernalia inside an apartment there. Lamont Johnson, who lives in the apartment and whose age was not immediately available, was charged with federal drug and gun charges.

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