LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Several people have been indicted in an alleged conspiracy to manufacture and distribute large quantities of PCP.
A federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment naming the following defendants: Darryl Dwayne Burton, 56, Carl Michael Arnsby, 41, and Lagina Bell Huckaby, 32, all of Los Angeles; and Omar Ahmad, 59 and Doris Renee Wade, 47, of New York.
Burton, also known as Theodore Hooks, was specifically charged with obtaining the chemicals and cooking the PCP.
The investigation began when DEA agents in New York developed a source, who agreed to help undercover operatives get 30 gallons of PCP from California.
That investigation culminated in February, when authorities in Culver City seized a total of 60 gallons of finished PCP, as well as hundreds of gallons of highly toxic PCP-precursor chemicals that could have been used to manufacture more than 1,200 gallons of PCP. Officials say a gallon of PCP contains approximately 74,000 doses of the drug.
The chemical alone had a potential street value of more than $12 million, federal officials said.
All five suspects are in custody in Los Angeles and are expected to appear in federal court next week for arraignment on charges of various PCP-related conspiracies. Burton also faces weapons charges.
All five defendants face potential life sentences if convicted.