Dozens arrested in drug crackdown

Twenty-nine people were arrested Thursday around the Washington area as part of an ongoing investigation into a network that distributed heroin, cocaine and other drugs in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Federal prosecutors in D.C. announced a multijurisdictional roundup of 15 people in D.C., 14 in Prince George's County and Montgomery County, one in Richmond, Va., and one in Georgia.

Authorities searched 31 locations and seized about $100,000 in cash, about a half-ounce of heroin, about one-third of an ounce of crack cocaine, about a half-pound of marijuana and 13 firearms.

Those arrested were among 34 defendants named in indictments returned Tuesday. Three already had been in custody, and two others are being sought.

The investigation uncovered a sprawling drug operation with several suppliers, prosecutors said. The network included selling multipound quantities of heroin and crack cocaine along the Georgia Avenue corridor, 17th and Euclid streets NW, the 1600 block of Fuller Street NW and several other areas in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Woman fatally struck by deputy's vehicle

A 45-year-old woman laying on a highway was struck and killed by a Culpeper County Sheriff's Office vehicle.

Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Les Tyler said Deputy Scott Yeiser was responding to a medical emergency call about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when his car hit the woman on U.S. 29, according to Virginia State police.

The woman, Mary G. Williams, of Culpeper, was laying in the passing lane and wearing dark clothing, Tyler said.

Police are investigating how Williams got into the road and why she was in the roadway.

-- Scott McCabe