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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Massive police undercover operation leads to over 100 arrests

Some of the people arrested were selling stolen CDs and electronics from this store on Richmond Highway, Alexandria.[Police photo]

Officers and detectives with the Fairfax County Police Department, Prince William County Police Department, and the Virginia State Police on Oct. 18 announced the arrest of at least 101 people as a result of a nearly year-long, mostly undercover operation.

The operation was centered along the lower portion of the Richmond Highway corridor in Fairfax County and extending to Prince William County.

The criminal charges, totaling 168, include murder for hire; drug possession (cocaine, oxycodone, heroin, marijuana, etc.) with intent to distribute; possession of firearms by a felon; conspiracy to commit robbery; attempted robbery; stolen firearms; illicit cigarette sales; conspiracy to commit forcible sodomy; solicitation of a prostitute; and other crimes. Michael Rusinack of Woodbridge was arrested for solicitation to commit murder.

In addition to the arrests, more than $560,000, 23 guns, two ballistic vests, and a variety of stolen property including electronics, jewelry, credit cards, and tools were recovered. A significant quantity and variety of narcotics, both prescription and non-prescription, were also seized.

The people arrested as part of this operation were not working together in a single criminal organization. It’s more of a matter of “one investigation leading to another. They are not all connected,” says Fairfax County Police spokesperson MPO Eddy Azcarate.

Those arrested today are in jail, he said. Some of the 100 people charged as part of this investigation were arrested as far back as last November, and some might have been adjudicated already. The operation was initially set to last six months, but as additional targets were identified, it was extended.

Among the Fairfax County police units involved in the investigation are the Criminal Intelligence Division, Organized Crime and Narcotics Division, neighborhood patrol units, and detectives from the criminal investigations sections at the Franconia and Mount Vernon District Police Stations.

It doesn’t appear that any of those arrested are from Annandale, although several are listed as “address unknown.” Many are from Woodbridge, Alexandria, and Manassas, and others are from other parts of Virginia and other states.
Some of the stuff sold at Dollar Depot in Alexandria. [Police photo]

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