[LASD] – Members of the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. IMPACT) seized more than 130 gallons of finished Phencyclidine (PCP) on Wednesday, along with precursor chemicals to manufacture an additional 500 gallons of PCP and two assault weapons. Also recovered was $389,000 in United States currency.
The investigation stemmed from information received from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agents in Los Angeles. L.A. IMPACT investigators developed the case and during the month-long investigation, L.A. IMPACT investigators learned that a suspect with links to a Los Angeles street gang was actively involved with the manufacturing of PCP. The investigation revealed that the suspect’s organization would distribute PCP across the country via commercial package delivery companies.
Investigators observed and intercepted suspicious deliveries that were addressed to locations in Texas. Investigators detected a chemical odor emitting from these boxes and tests later confirmed that each box contained approximately three (3) gallons of PCP.
Based on the above information, L.A. IMPACT investigators, along with members of the Los Angeles Police Department served search warrants at multiple locations. During those searches, they recovered another 121 gallon of PCP, firearms, and the above mentioned U.S. currrency.
Additional PCP information:
*There is an estimated 76,800 individual doses in one gallon of PCP.
*Total estimated individual doses for the 130 gallons of of PCP seized is 9,984,000.
*The average user will be under the influence of PCP for approximately 24 hours per dose.
*One dose of PCP in Los Angeles County costs between $10 and $20.
*PCP costs $12,000 to $15,000 per gallon in Los Angeles County and $35,000 to $65,000 per gallon in Dallas.
*Total estimated street value of 130 gallons of PCP in Los Angeles is approx. $99,849,000.
*Users describe dream-like states or out of body experiences when under the influence of PCP.