Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

This just in: U.S. Attorney General announces drug indictment

March 26, 2008 |  1:55 pm

Thirteen members and associates of the Grape Street Crips have been indicted on charges of running a PCP ring in Southern California for the last six months. Four of the men were arrested today, and five were already in custody on other federal and state charges, Andrew Blankstein reports.

The indictments, handed down by a federal grand jury last week and unsealed today, cap a months-long investigation by an alphabet soup of law enforcement agencies, including the LAPD, DEA, ATF and the FBI. Police seized 54 kilos of PCP, valued at $1 million, as well as hundreds of gallons of the toxic chemicals used to produce it. They also raided a drug lab in Landers (earthquake, anyone?) just as gang members were in the midst of a "cook."

Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey made today's announcement, which, given the relatively small scale of the news, had veteran crime reporters shaking their heads. Also present at the announcement, made in South Los Angeles, were  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the LAPD's top cop, Bill Bratton.

--Veronique de Turenne