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It is one of the District’s busiest intersections, sidewalks filled with people and lines of cars, brake lights ablaze, inching along the streets.
The dome of the U.S. Capitol can be seen to the south, but the focal point at North Capitol Street and New York Avenue NW is the landmark four-story turret that stands over the entrance to Big Ben Liquor Store. Amid the bustle, police say, an illicit business thrives.
“Obviously, that corner is a long-term, open-air drug market,” said D.C. Police Cmdr. William Fitzgerald, who runs the 5th District station.