MPD-4D Arrest Made in Illegal Fencing Operation

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June 7, 2016

Arrest Made inIllegal Fencing Operation

(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department Narcotics and Special Investigations Division’s Criminal Interdiction Unit and Maryland State Police have announced that an arrest has been made in connection to an illegal fencing operation in the 5400 block of Georgia Avenue, NW area.

Following a series of robberies in the District and Prince George’s County, Maryland, MPD’s District Detective Unit, along with our Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) began an investigation into Discount Auto Sound Inc. located on Georgia Avenue, NW. The operation involved stolen property taken in multiple robberies between March 17, 2016 and May 7, 2016. Over the course of the investigation, the suspect provided CIU officers with cash, heroin, and a firearm in exchange for stolen merchandise.

On Monday, June 6, 2016, 39-year-old Tom Van Huynh was arrested in Maryland and is being charged with Felony Trafficking Stolen Property, Distribution of Heroin, and Receiving Stolen Property, pending extradition to Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and Maryland State Police (MSP) jointly participated in the investigation. MSP executed a search warrant in Maryland where they found three handguns, an assault rifle, a shotgun, multiple rounds of assorted ammunition, prescription pain killers, and over $26,000 in US currency, along with a Honda Civic outfitted with police equipment and fraudulent credentials. In addition, MPD executed a separate search warrant where electronics and documents were seized in connection to this case.

The investigation into this case is ongoing.

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