The Department of Justice honored an undercover storefront operation investigation in Northeast D.C. that led to the seizure of 123 guns and $1.5 million in narcotics.

The undercover sting was first reported by The Washington Examiner after it learned of the investigation but agreed to postpone publication when police officials said a story while the operation was ongoing would endanger the lives of officers.

The operation was run jointly by D.C. police, the FBI and ATF law enforcement partners. The case was one of 24 national receipents of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Achievement Awards in New Orleans.
“The outstanding results from this joint investigation, which included taking 123 firearms off of the streets that were sold illegally, speaks for itself,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., said in a statement Wednesday.