In the latest turn of events for a Dupont mansion with a reputation for wild ragers, law enforcement officials contend that the Q Street property has been operating as a marijuana pop up for at least a year.
Years after it appeared authorities had shut down a notorious party house near Dupont Circle known for its loud concerts, D.C. police have again put the expansive carriage house with heated pool and indoor 25-foot waterfall in their sights.
Police have been investigating the Q Street home for more than a year, according to court documents cited by the Washington Post. Law enforcement found advertisements for Dupont Circle gatherings and private parties on Instagram accounts like @honestherbsdc. That account’s posts are laden with marijuana symbols like leaves and start times of 4:20 p.m., all requesting that participants send a direct message or text a phone number for details. After a prolonged back-and-forth, per court documents, customers would be directed to a back entrance for 2220 Q Street NW, where they could allegedly purchase marijuana products.
A raid on the property in September revealed nearly 25 pounds (11 kg) of a “green, leafy substance” that came up positive for THC when tested, as well as more than 500 cannabis-infused edibles, 469 vape pens and U$16,500 in cash, per court documents. Authorities also found what has been described in said documents as products, menus and ledgers that noted dates and sale amounts for each transaction.
Two individuals were arrested after being found in the home during the raid.
The raid came four years after the last owner, Douglas Jefferies, 52, settled a lawsuit filed by D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine over the Airbnb-marketed “Celebrity House Hunter Mansion” and agreed to stop all business activity, including concerts that included rapper Ja Rule, weddings and parties.
At the time, Racine’s spokesman called the house “a real headache” and “a threat to public safety.” The house had not been licensed for large-scale events, and Racine’s office said police had been called to the address more than 100 times.
The house was listed on Airbnb even after the settlement with Racine, though with a warning it was “not for events.” The price dropped from $1,200 to $900 a night. Property records show the home with five bedrooms and five bathrooms went into foreclosure in July 2019.
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