Federal authorities arrested 14 members of an Inglewood street gang. They face charges for drug possession and weapons offenses. Prosecutors have filed charges against 13 of the arrestees. They have not yet charged one man with federal offenses.
According to prosecutors, the gang has expanded beyond Inglewood. It also has ties to drug sales in Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Prosecutors characterize those arrested as leaders of a criminal enterprise.
The Los Angeles Police Department, the Inglewood Police Department and the FBI conducted arrests sweeps late last month. Prior to the arrests, officers purchased drugs and firearms through their gang contacts. Various gang members supplied cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine to undercover officers.
Charges include selling firearms without a license; drug possession for sale; and possession of a firearm by a felon. Several people also face charges of aiding and abetting. If convicted, the 11 men and one woman – ranging in age from 23-54 – face between 10 years and life. One man has already pleaded guilty and will spend a year and a day in prison. The fourteenth man remains jailed on a probation violation and does not yet face federal charges.
Inglewood Drug Possession Lawyer
When you face charges for drug crimes, hire an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drug crimes cases in any federal circuit in the United States. He also takes state drug cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Nearly half (46.1%) of all federal inmates currently in custody serve drug sentences. That’s more than 2.5 times the next largest group of federal inmates, who serve time for weapons offenses. The federal government is serious about prosecuting drug offenders, and can use RICO statutes to combat gang activity.
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