Largest PCP Bust Uncovered in LA

Cops arrested two people as they tried to ship drugs from a UPS store in Culver City

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    Police seized 100 gallons of PCP during raids at two South L.A. homes and storage facilities on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2012.

    In what authorities said was the largest such bust in memory, cops seized more than 100 gallons of PCP - enough doses for 10 million people - and nearly $400,000 in cash in Los Angeles and Culver City.

    Cops also arrested two people, one of whom is suspected of being a Bounty Hunter Bloods gang associate, as they tried to ship drugs from a UPS store in Culver City, officials said.

    Darryl Dwayne Burton, 55, accused of being the gang associate, and Lagina Bell Huckaby, 31, were booked on Wednesday into the Los Angeles County Jail in connection with the case.

    Burton’s bail was $1 million. Huckaby’s bail was $3 million.

    Lt. Scott Fairfield, of the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force, told City News Service that Wednesday’s raid was the largest PCP seizure he’d ever heard of.

    Police belive the case was connected to a ring of at least 10 people responsible for shipping drugs to Texas, New York and Washington, D.C.

    In raids on two South Los Angeles homes and two storage facilities, police seized the drugs, two semiautomatic rifles, chemicals for making about 500 more gallons of the drug.

    A gallon of PCP, which induces symptons similar to schizophrenia, sells for about $12,000 in Los Angeles. The street value of the 130 gallons was put at $1.5 million.

    The drug was originally used as a surgical anesthetic after World War II, but later used only in veterinary medicine because of adverse side effects.

    City News Service contributed to this report.

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