The Jungle: Baldwin Village P Stone Gang Crackdown Involves 900 Officers For More Than 50 Arrests
Looks like King Kong ain't got shit on law enforcement for real this time as cops went gangbusters, literally, in notorious Baldwin Village, known as "the Jungle" and the geographic star of the film Training Day.
Denzel Washington's Academy Award-winning performance in 'Training Day' -- set in 'the Jungle.'
In fact, feds and the LAPD got in on the act this morning as more than 50 Baldwin Village gang members accused of drug trafficking were arrested, according to an FBI statement. Authorities say they are from the Black P Stone set, which runs those curvilinear streets.
More than 900 officers were involved, the FBI says, and it was the second raid on the Baldwin Village gang in the last six years. The operation was so big that cops used the L.A. Sports Arena parking lot as staging grounds.
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Fifteen of 21 people indicted on federal drug trafficking charges were taken in the raid, according to the FBI. A couple are in custody and three are outstanding, said Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney's Office in L.A.
Seventy-five gang members in all were targeted. Feds say most of the allegations involve meth and crack.
Authorities say the grabbed 135.5 grams of PCP, 41.2 grams of methamphetamine, 25 kilos of marijuana and 1.7 kilos of coke.
Assistant FBI-L.A. director Steven Martinez:
The strategy involved dismantling the gang's infrastructure by arresting the main players and by removing the businesses where gangs launch their criminal activity.