Federal and county prosecutors said they will seek a life prison sentence for Carl Robinson, 30, who was indicted Tuesday for possession of PCP and for distributing a PCP cigarette near a Los Angeles school.
The tough penalties are possible under a 1986 federal "schoolyard" law that excludes bail, probation or parole for people convicted of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of schools. The minimum sentence under the law is five years in federal prison.
Robinson, of Los Angeles, who was on probation for other drug convictions, could face a minimum 10-year sentence and a maximum of life in prison. He is accused of dealing drugs from an apartment building opposite Mary McLeod Bethune Junior High School at 69th and Main streets.
Although other arrests have been made under the federal law, Robinson's is the first under a joint program in which the county supplies the money and a prosecutor to handle the cases.