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Los Angeles PCP networks hit with federal indictment

Chemicals and equipment from a PCP lab in Culver City, California.
Chemicals and equipment from a PCP lab in Culver City, California.
Courtesy of DEA

Federal prosecutors unsealed two indictments, one from a concluded investigation from six years ago and one from their present day investigation, yesterday morning that charged 40 defendants linked to PCP manufacturing labs and networks that distribute the drug across the nation. This all took place after 20 people were arrested yesterday morning by federal agents that targeted the Grape Street Crips and other South Los Angeles street gangs that were alleged to be the manufacturers and distributors of PCP also known as “angel dust.”

According to the indictment, during the investigation by DEA and the HIDTA and L.A. IMPACT task forces they seized over 100 gallons of the drug and precursor chemicals. The indictment included details on the seizure of several PCP laboratories, and how members distributed thousands of gallons of PCPs.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer also announced; as part of the efforts against the Grape Street Crips, to seek an injunction to curb gang activities at three properties know for gang-related narcotics dealing, PCP manufacturing, possession of firearms and other criminal activity and just blocks from an early education center and a elementary school.

The present investigation revealed that this wide network of PCP manufacturers and distributors connected to the Grape Street and other South Los Angeles gangs routinely delivered PCP, via couriers and mail, to other parts of the country, including Texas, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma and New York. It is alleged that Anthony Dwight Bracken, a San Bernardino County-based PCP manufacturer, with strong ties to South Los Angeles led the operations. Others South Los Angeles gang members named were: Andre Brown, Anthony Wilson and Eligin Gary Hawkins.

Thirty-eight defendants in the indictment are charged with conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute PCP, and to illegally possess a listed chemical, two additional defendants, from the morning arrest, were charged with conspiracy to distribute PCP. Because of the quantity of narcotics and precursor chemicals involved in this case, all of the defendants potentially face sentences of life without parole in federal prison.