The late, great Marion Barry was labeled as Washington, DC’s “Mayor For Life,” by the Washington City Paper. He was beloved by the residents of The District for how much he looked out for the common man during his reign. However, in the media, Barry is remembered most for his 1990 arrest and conviction for possession of crack cocaine after being set up by girlfriend (and FBI informant) Hazel Diane “Rasheeda” Moore in a sting at the Vista Hotel. 25 years later, the DC mayor’s office has been tied to crack cocaine yet again, following the arrest of a mayoral staffer for cocaine distribution.
Lorenzo R. Sanders, 51, is a staff member in the office of DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s religious affairs division, but that title is soon to be stripped. Late last Tuesday, a SWAT team and personnel from the U.S. Park Police narcotics unit swarmed his apartment in Southeast DC with an arrest warrant and a sledgehammer, according to the Washington Post. The authorities found 60.5 grams of crack in plastic bags in his toilet. Upon a further search of the apartment, they found more. The Post reports:
Police also found five pieces of clear plastic that each contained a white rock-like substance, that was believed to be crack cocaine, weighing about 10.8 grams and a piece of clear plastic containing a tan powder which was suspected to be 0.6 grams of heroin.
Police also found a digital scale and drug paraphernalia, three plates that contained a white powdery residue, a razor blade, safety goggles and three unused ski masks.
In a separate incident on the same day, Sanders’ son, also named Lorenzo, was reportedly knocked with eight grams of crack and a gun in Temple Hills.
This isn’t Sanders’ first go-round with the law and drugs. In 1985, he was sentenced to 54 months in jail after pleading guilty to selling heroin in DC. Sanders was hired by the Bowser administration in 2012, but has now been placed on administrative leave and the termination process has begun. In a statement, the Bowser administration said, “The Bowser Administration does not tolerate employees who violate the public trust. We have made Mr. Sanders’ work space available to the police.”