Federal agents used multiple search warrants to conduct a sweep in August against alleged gang members believed to be trafficking drugs throughout Los Angeles County. Across Inglewood, Hawthorne and Los Angeles, agents searched locations such as a convenience store where authorities said that gang members refined cocaine into crack and distributed it throughout the area. The early morning searches resulted in the arrest of 10 people suspected of belonging to the 92 Osage Legend Crips gang that operates in California.
According to the grand jury indictment, gang members occupied a Stop and Shop Market at 1041 S. Prairie and used it as their base for drug manufacturing. A press release from a law enforcement agency described drug distribution points throughout the county that allegedly included a U.S. vets office and a Social Security office in Inglewood.
Investigators reported that some suspects used weapons, including firearms, to intimidate people and expand their territory for selling drugs. Weapons were also used to defend against attacks from rival gangs and protect their drug inventory. Suspects allegedly used guns to threaten people behind on drug payments. The people arrested now face federal charges for drug trafficking and illegal use of firearms.
A person caught up in a large drug trafficking investigation might end up with a long prison sentence if convicted on federal criminal charges. The advocacy of a criminal defense attorney might provide a defendant with some protection within the criminal justice system. An attorney could strive to get charges reduced or dismissed if the evidence is unclear. The efforts of an attorney might also result in an acceptable plea deal for reduced charges that carry a lighter sentence.