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Venice gang members accused of distributing crack cocaine

July 10, 2009 | 12:23 pm

Federal authorities have issued 28 arrest warrants targeting members of two Venice gangs accused of distributing crack cocaine.

More than 200 agents and officers executed the warrants, which focus on the Venice Shoreline Crips and Venice-13 street gangs, according to the FBI. The investigation began in 2008 and involved a variety of local law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Culver City police departments. The Shoreline Crips have been considered a major supplier of cocaine for three decades.

According to an FBI statement, "some of the defendants accepted payment for brokering transactions between suppliers and buyers of crack cocaine, while other defendants supplied cocaine to buyers. Ten additional members associated with the gang, including juveniles, are named in state charges filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles, for their roles in the illegal drug distribution operation. Approximately 10 parole and probation searches were carried out and resulted in several additional arrests."

Among those arrested were Stefan Denser, 42, of Los Angeles, Dewayne Donelson, 55, of Los Angeles, Christopher Featherstone, 52, of Inglewood, and Geronimo Hernandez, 24, of Los Angeles.

-- Richard Winton and Shelby Grad