Indictments target South L.A. street gang, apartment complex
Andrew Blankstein (Los Angeles Times) | October 18, 2012
Federal agents and local police arrested four members and associates of a South Los Angeles street gang Thursday, the same day city prosecutors filed a civil injunction to force changes at an apartment complex that has been a center of gang activity, authorities said.
Those arrested Thursday — all tied to the Denver Lane Blood gang — were Rodney Longmire, 29, of Lynwood; Jermaine McClelland, 36, and Marcus Washington, 40, both of Los Angeles; and Darrell Sanford, 29, of Hawthorne.
They also were named in a series of federal grand jury indictments unsealed Thursday and included Sanford’s brother Reginald, 35, of Compton; Damone Giles, 34, of Long Beach; Quincy Giles, 30, of Los Angeles, James Madison, 40, of Inglewood; and Luvvaughn Lovings McCoy, 35, of Los Angeles.
Two of those defendants were already in custody and two are fugitives, authorities said.
The indictments accuse the defendants of assorted drug and gang charges and are the result of a two-year investigation into the gang.
If convicted on all charges, each defendant could receive up to 40 years in federal prison.
Meanwhile, in a related action, the city attorney’s office said Thursday that it had filed a civil enforcement action that would impose court-ordered conditions against the owners of a two-story, 28-unit apartment building on the 800 block of West Imperial Highway known to be frequented by the Denver Lane Blood gang.