Federal prosecutors Wednesday announced two grand jury indictments against 13 members of the Grape Street Crips, a street gang suspected of manufacturing and distributing large quantities of the drug PCP throughout Southern California.
The first indictment was handed down Friday and accuses Grape Street "shot-caller" Alphonso Eugene Foster and his associates of producing the drug at a lab in the remote desert community of Landers for distribution in Watts and other locations throughout the country, authorities said.
When they were arrested, the operators were in the middle of a "PCP cook" that could have produced 54 kilos of PCP, with a street value of more than $1 million, according to the indictment. The drug, which is available relatively cheaply and provides a quick high, remains hugely popular on the street, authorities said.
In addition to Foster, others charged in the indictment include Kelvin Benn, 31; Jonnie Lee Boyd Sr., 47; Lydia Lenora Brown, 49; Charlotte Wright Jackson, 46; Darcell Morris; Ronell Napier, 38; Latera Kyesha Lashana Odom, 25; M.L. Scott, 43; Jamilah Latifa Terrell, 26; Kim Vernell Walker, 45; and Michael Edward Walker, 33.