WASHINGTON — An employee in D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of Religious Affairs has been charged with dealing drugs after authorities found cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin along with dealing paraphernalia in his Southeast apartment.
Lorenzo Sanders Sr., 51, appeared before a D.C. Superior Court Judge Wednesday and pleaded not guilty on two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves reports.
Early Tuesday morning, Park Police officers and SWAT members served a search warrant at Sanders Sr.’s apartment in the 5300 block of C Street. Police say when they were denied entry, they used a sledgehammer.
Once inside, authorities found Sanders Sr. in the hallway. Upon searching the apartment, court documents show that authorities discovered more than 120 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of crack cocaine, half a gram of heroin, more than $2,000 in cash and drug dealing paraphernalia.
According to court documents, two clear knotted sandwich bags each containing cocaine were recovered from the toilet and more of the same bags were also recovered from the toilet trap. Authorities also found numerous unused ski masks, three cellphones and note pad with names and phone numbers on it in Sanders Sr.’s living room.
Police also executed a search warrant on Sanders Sr.’s son Dominick’s home in Temple Hills. There, police found about eight grams of crack cocaine and a pistol.
A spokesperson with Bower’s office says they are moving to terminate his employment.
Sanders Sr. was hired by the Vince Gray administration in 2012 through Project Empowerment. His former supervisor, Steve Glaude, tells News 4, “he was a model employee. To say I’m shocked would be an understatement.”
Glaude says the Gray administration knew of Sanders prior criminal history for drugs before hiring him in 2012, but says he had no violent history and exceeded expectations once hired.
Glaude says he believes he was working as an Uber driver in addition to working for DC Government. He began his employment with DC Government in the Office of Community Affairs.