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Five indicted in large PCP-making operation, officials say

July 20, 2012 | 11:07 am

Authorities seized chemicals and PCP during a Feb. raid in Culver City.

Five men were in custody Friday after being indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly making and distributing large quantities of PCP, authorities said.

Los Angeles residents Darryl Dwane Burton, 56, Carl Michael Arnsby, 41, and Lagina Bell Huckaby, 32, and New York residents Omar Ahmad, 59, and Doris Renee Wade, 47, were indicted Thursday on PCP-related charges after a seizure that was among the largest in history, according to a statement from U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr. in Los Angeles.

The men conspired to distribute the PCP in Los Angeles, New York and Maryland, officials said.

A DEA investigation in New York led to a Feb. 15 raid in Culver City and various other locations in Los Angeles. Authorities seized 60 gallons of PCP and chemicals that could be used to make 1,200 gallons of PCP.

The drugs had a potential street value of more than $12 million, federal officials said.

All five defendants are expected to be arraigned in federal court next week. If convicted, they could face life in prison.

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-- Melissa Leu

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Photo: Authorities seize chemicals and PCP during a February raid in Culver City. Credit: KTLA

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