A reputed kingpin of one of Los Angeles' most notorious Crips factions was sentenced Monday to 23 years in prison for trying to rob an undercover sheriff's deputy of 33 pounds of cocaine.
Eugene Henley, 26, known as "Big U," was arrested last December in a sting operation after he and a friend, Eddie J. Wagner, tried to rob an undercover officer who they apparently believed was a drug dealer, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Dan Feldstern.
Wagner, who was sentenced to 32 years, had arranged to purchase the cocaine from the officer, Feldstern said. But Henley arrived with a gun and demanded that the deputy hand over the drugs. Other officers watching the exchange moved in and arrested both men.
Although Henley denied any gang affiliation, he was described by gang experts as a leader, if not the top man, in the Rollin' 60s--a heavily armed Crips gang based in Southwest Los Angeles.