LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A man and woman are behind bars after what authorities described as the biggest PCP bust in memory. More than 100 gallons of the drug phencyclidine were seized in Los Angeles and Culver City.
KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz Reports
Darryl Dwayne Burton, 55, and Lagina Bell Huckaby, 31, were arrested Wednesday at a UPS store in Culver City, where they were allegedly trying to ship drugs, according to Lt. Scott Fairfield of the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force, or L.A. IMPACT.
“It’s the largest PCP seizure I’ve ever heard of,” said Fairfield.
Enough of the drug was seized to dose about 10 million people, authorities said. Around $389,000 in cash was seized.
Authorities believe a drug ring included at least 10 people locally, and that it was distributing to Texas, New York and Washington, D.C., and other points east.
Two semiautomatic rifles were seized, along with chemicals for making about 500 more gallons of the drug, which induces symptoms similar to schizophrenia.
Burton and Huckaby both pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges on Friday. Burton was being held on $3 million bail, and Huckaby, was held on $2 million bail.
Burton has two drug-related convictions, authorities said, and is believed to have ties to the Bounty Hunter Bloods street gang.
A gallon of PCP sells for about $12,000 in Los Angeles. The street value of the 130 gallons seized was put at $1.5 million.
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