Gang sweep uncovers South L.A. cellphone store selling crack cocaine

Richard Winton (Los Angeles Times) | May 20, 2011

A South L.A. gang sweep this week revealed that gang members were operating a cellphone store that sold crack cocaine over the counter along with BlackBerries and other electronic devices, authorities said.

After a yearlong investigation, hundreds of heavily armored LAPD officers and FBI agents carrying federal indictments for 21 suspects raided locations Thursday, arresting suspected members of the Black P Stone Bloods gang.

They arrested 17 federal suspects and 28 others on local charges related to drug dealing and illegal weapons. Four federal suspects remain at large, said LAPD Cmdr. Bob Green.

Federal agents and officers uncovered a cellphone store in 4000 block of West Washington Boulevard that sold crack cocaine and marijuana, according to investigators.

City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said his office issued abatement actions to owners to remove those responsible for gang and narcotics activity from two apartment buildings and the cellphone store.

“If the property owners don’t come around, we have been known to come out with bulldozers,” he said.

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