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July 11, 2006 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
Federal authorities announced Monday they had arrested two men they said were among the largest producers of PCP in Southern California history. The two were in possession of 20 gallons of the hallucinogen, amounting to at least 768,000 doses, Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Sarah Pullen said. Taylor Wright, 38, and Clifford Oliver, 36, were being held at Orange County Jail on suspicion of conspiring to manufacture PCP with the intent of selling it, authorities said.
November 30, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
The Orange County district attorney's office announced Tuesday a new name on the county's 10 most wanted list. Taylor Wilson Wright, 37, was last seen June 4 in Ladera Ranch when Orange County sheriff's deputies discovered a PCP lab, chemicals, 8 gallons of PCP, a stolen car and a loaded gun at his home, said Susan Kang Schroeder, a district attorney's spokeswoman. Wright has been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and possession for sale of narcotics, Schroeder said.
July 29, 2005 | Lance Pugmire and Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writers
Two men under investigation in a high-profile Los Angeles County murder were convicted Thursday in Riverside of federal drug charges related to a massive Southern California PCP distribution ring. George Williams and Rodrick Cardale "Lil Rod" Reed, both of Compton, were convicted of manufacturing and distributing PCP and conspiracy to distribute the drug. They face maximum sentences of life in prison. Drug agents who raided their operation in 2003 recovered 175 kilograms of the drug.
June 7, 2005 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A foul odor from a garage in a Ladera Ranch apartment complex led authorities to what they described as the largest seizure of PCP ever made in Orange County. Sheriff's deputies seized 8 gallons of the hallucinogen, valued at $12.2 million, Saturday from a garage allegedly used by Taylor Winston Wright, 37, who escaped from deputies after handing them his driver's license, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said Monday.
January 27, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A man under the influence of PCP choked, bit and struck a 14-month-old baby as her mother and aunt struggled to rescue her, Los Angeles police said Monday. Nathaniel Austell, 26, of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and mayhem. He was being held on $500,000 bail. The baby, as well as her mother and aunt, remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition. Neighbors called police about 9:45 p.m. Sunday about a domestic disturbance in the 3600 block of Adams Boulevard.
October 31, 2003 | By Chuck Philips, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
More than 250 officers swept through Compton and nearby areas in a series of raids, arresting 15 alleged gang members accused of operating the most lucrative PCP ring in Southern California, authorities announced Thursday. Authorities served search warrants on 22 sites in 10 cities, rousting the alleged leader of the drug ring, Roderick Cardale Reed, from his bed at a residence in Rialto. Reed, 35, a member of the Fruit Town Piru Bloods whose street moniker is "Lil Rod," is also a suspect in the killings of several associates of rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, detectives said.
August 27, 2003 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
The largest PCP crackdown in recent U.S. history was announced Tuesday with the arrests of 24 people in Los Angeles and Houston on federal charges of conspiracy to manufacture and sell the potent hallucinogen known as angel dust. In all, authorities said, federal and local drug agents seized enough chemicals and laboratory materials to produce, on an ongoing basis, at least 300 gallons of PCP.
June 17, 2003 | Akilah Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Antron Singleton, an aspiring rapper, was insane when he cut open his female roommate, ripped out her lung and ate it, his defense attorney said Monday. Last year, Singleton was found walking naked down Figueroa Street about 2 p.m., looking at the sky, mumbling and chewing. He was covered in blood, police said. His murder trial in the death of his roommate, Tynisha Ysais, 21, opened Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
May 10, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A La Habra man with a history of driving under the influence of drugs was sentenced Friday to 35 years to life in prison for crashing a car while high on drugs, killing a motorist and injuring a passenger, officials said. Ledell Daniel, 35, was convicted of second-degree murder and driving under the influence of PCP in a 2002 crash at Orangethorpe Avenue and Lemon Street. He also was convicted in 1992 of vehicular manslaughter while on the same drug.
April 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Phoenix man who told police he bit off his 2-year-old son's thumb, and apparently held it in his mouth for about six hours, was arrested on charges of child abuse and aggravated assault, authorities said. Raymond Jones, 39, told detectives Saturday he had taken several hits of PCP and had swallowed his son's thumb because he wanted to mix their DNA, police said. However, Jones coughed the thumb out while he was being interviewed by police.
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