A D.C. government employee brazenly sold drugs outside his office, less than 700 feet from an elementary school, according to an FBI investigation.
Darrell Pope, a staffer at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, is accused of selling heroin and fentanyl, according to court documents.
Officials launched an investigation into fentanyl and heroin dealers in Woodbridge, Virginia, in March 2019 and began looking into Pope in June, after agents saw a suspect meet with him at his home in Clinton, Maryland.
A confidential informant also told officials that he had known Pope for months, driving buyers to Pope’s house “approximately 10 to 20 times,” according to court documents.
During nine buys with an undercover agent, Pope allegedly conducted all business outside of his office, just down the street from Amiden Bowden Elementary School.
During a search of his office Tuesday, officers found 30 grams of suspected fentanyl on Pope and more at his workplace. At his home, they found an ounce of suspected fentanyl, a scale and three firearms.
Pope and his wife, who also works at DCRA, have both been placed on administrative leave, according to DCist. She was named in the complaint but has not been accused of any crimes.