DEA Investigation Targets Pasadena Drug Gang
OCT 08 -(LOS ANGELES) Timothy J. Landrum, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Los Angeles Field Division and Bernard K. Melekian, Chief of Police of the Pasadena Police Department announced the arrest of 89 people, and the seizure of 12 pounds of methamphetamine, 2,492 pills of ecstasy and almost 12 pounds of cocaine, in both powder and rock form, as well as dozens of guns in a multi-agency crackdown on gangs and drugs that stretched from Pasadena to the eastern United States.
From July 2008 to October 2008, the DEA deployed their Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) to the Pasadena area to assist local law enforcement with the surge of drug and street gang violence. The investigation primarily targeted members of the Pasadena Denver Lane Bloods drug street gang.
The MET team joined forces with the Pasadena PD, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in targeting members of this street gang. The investigation resulted in the arrests of 89 suspects, including 28 charged in federal indictments and 61 facing state charges.
The investigation also revealed that Pasadena area gang members were involved in drug distribution networks with ties to eastern United States cities including, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta and Cleveland. The DEA MET program was established in 1995 in response to state and local law enforcement’s concerns about the spread of drug trafficking and the associated violence. The DEA MET teams operating throughout the United States are tasked with identifying and dismantling violent drug trafficking groups that have gained a foothold in some urban and rural areas.