Members of Campanella Park Piru Bloods and Black Mafia Family Charged with Drug Trafficking Conspiracy as Part of Operation Crimson Vex – Arrests In Los Angeles, Missouri and Georgia
NOV 7 -- Federal agents and over 200 law enforcement officers executed multiple search and arrest warrants in Los Angeles, Missouri and Georgia, in connection with Operation “Crimson Vex,” an investigation into an illegal drug trafficking conspiracy, announced Peter Brust, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI in Los Angeles, Thomas P. O’Brien, United States Attorney for Los Angeles and Timothy Landrum, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Los Angeles.On November 1, 2007, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles returned an indictment charging 20 defendants who are alleged members and associates of the Campanella Park Piru Blood street gang or the Black Mafia Family (known as “BMF”) for participating in a multi-state conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, and phencyclidine (PCP). BMF is believed to have originated in Michigan in the early 1990s but has since branched out to other states and both coasts.
According to the indictments, members and associates of the Campanella Park Piru Bloods trafficked in kilogram quantities of cocaine in the Campanella Park area of Compton, California. The Campanella Park Piru Bloods allegedly supplied BMF members who, in turn, would transport cocaine, heroin and PCP from Los Angeles, hidden in the secret compartments of trucks for distribution to areas including St. Louis, Missouri and Atlanta, Georgia, according to the indictments.
The following defendants, who were charged with varying federal narcotics violations that contributed to the overall drug distribution conspiracy, were arrested this morning in Los Angeles:
The following individuals were arrested in Missouri and Georgia.
Roy W. Burris Jr., 27, of Hawaiian Gardens, California, was arrested in St. Louis
All of the defendants arrested will be afforded an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in jurisdictions in which they were arrested.
Federal search warrants were executed at 16 locations in California, including in Los Angeles, Compton, Carson and Long Beach. Five search warrants were served in areas of St. Louis, Missouri and Atlanta, Georgia.
During today’s searches in California, Missouri and Georgia, law enforcement seized approximately $100,000 in U.S. currency, approximately twenty firearms - including assault pistols and sawed-off shot-guns; quantities of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as a yacht, a motor home and seven vehicles.
Prior to today’s law enforcement actions, several search warrants were executed in connection with this investigation. In addition to over $1 million in seizable assets that have been identified throughout the investigation, the following has been seized in connection with this case: