News Release
Date: August 6, 2007
Contact: SA Sarah Pullen
Public Information Officer
Number: 213-621-6827

L.A. Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Federal Prison For Conspiring To Manufacture, Distribute PCP

AUG 6 -- (LOS ANGELES) A South Los Angeles man was sentenced this afternoon to 360 months in federal prison for allowing his brother to operate in his backyard the largest PCP lab ever discovered in the Southland.

Bobby Lee Thompson, 40, was sentenced by United States District Judge Audrey B. Collins, who found that Thompson’s “very serious” crimes “posed a risk of harm to human life.” The court stated it also relied on Thompson’s criminal history, including four prior felonies, in concluding that a 360-month sentence was reasonable.

In February, following a four-day trial, Thompson was found guilty following a four-day trial of conspiracy to distribute phencyclidine (PCP), maintaining a drug-involved premises, possession of PCP with intent to distribute, three counts of illegal possession of a listed chemical, possession of equipment for manufacturing a controlled substance, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The case stemmed from a February 2003 seizure in which federal agents recovered approximately five gallons – or more than 30 pounds – of phencyclidine (PCP), approximately 20 pounds of PCC crystals (an earlier stage of PCP), and more than 1,000 pounds of various chemicals used to make PCP in the back yard of defendant’s residence. The evidence at trial showed that Thompson allowed his brother, co-defendant Leonard Brown, to manufacture and store PCP at his residence, where Thompson’s two young children lived.

Leonard Brown, 42, of Lakewood, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute PCP and was sentenced by Judge Collins in March to 212 months in prison. A third defendant, Michael Johnson, 42, of Glen Heights, Texas, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison.

In addition to the drug lab, the jury in Thompson’s case determined that he also possessed .357-caliber magnum revolver in his bedroom and a 12-gauge shotgun in another bedroom of the residence, which he was forbidden to possess because he is a previously convicted felon.

This case is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Task Force (OCDETF) investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and was spearheaded by the Southern California Drug Task Force, of the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Other agencies that participated in the investigation include: the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, Ontario Police Department, Gardena Police Department, Inglewood Police Department.

CONTACT: Assistant United States Attorney Shannon P. Ryan (213) 894-4586