15 arrested in gang-based drug ring

LOS ANGELES – A task force of federal and local law enforcement officers Friday arrested 15 alleged members of the Pasadena Denver Lane Bloods on federal and state drug trafficking charges.

The 18-month investigation that resulted in Friday’s arrests began shortly after two grand jury indictments targeting the gang’s drug trafficking in the Antelope Valley were unsealed. Read more about the street gang allegedly selling crack cocaine in the Antelope Valley here.

Of the 15 arrested Friday, eight face federal charges and seven face state charges. During the investigation, authorities seized eight firearms, approximately $40,000 in cash, five kilograms of cocaine, and approximately 2.5 kilograms of crack cocaine.

The federal defendants, according to one grand jury indictment unsealed Friday, are:

  • Jesus Campos, 43, of La Puente;
  • Monte Russell, also known as “Godfather,” 35, of Pomona and Pasadena;
  • Dayna Guyton, 29, of Pasadena;
  • Myoshi Smith, 23, of Bellflower;
  • Lyonel Washington, also known as “Dough,” 33, of Altadena; and
  • Jesse Vargas, 34, of El Monte (Among the specific charges in the indictment are allegations that Vargas possessed about three pounds of cocaine on just one day).

Authorities are still searching for Cuong Nguyen, also known as “David Thai,” 32, of Mid-City Los Angeles.

The other two defendants charged in federal court are:

  • Keno Monteze Norris, 33, of Pasadena, who is charged in an indictment with distributing crack cocaine; and
  • John Eugene Brown, 48, of Pasadena, who is charged in a criminal complaint with possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Most of the defendants face potential life sentences if they are convicted.

The suspects arrested for state narcotics (cocaine) charges are:

  • Christopher Thomas, 35, of Altadena
  • Larry Fuller, 44, of Pasadena
  • Lorenzo Howse, 37, of Altadena
  • Corey Kennedy, 37, of Pasadena
  • Anthony McClain, 23, of Pasadena
  • Devid Taylor, 60, of Pasadena
  • Jehoshua Kindred, 39, of Pasadena

The investigation was conducted by the San Gabriel Valley Safe Streets Task Force, which is made up of agents and officers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pasadena Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD Altadena gang detectives and the LASD Community Oriented Policing Services Bureau), the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  8 comments for “15 arrested in gang-based drug ring

  1. Valerie
    December 6, 2012 at 2:47 am

    How do you know that its pasadena denva lanes could be palmdale lanes

    • Beermiester
      December 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      That doesn’t even deserve a response. But here goes…Look where they are all from. P a s a d e n a and the Pasadena area.

  2. straightMobster
    August 5, 2012 at 1:30 am

    crazy part is the dude who started all this by shooting the cop not even from PDL

  3. S. Parker
    June 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Yes, unfortunately ‘PDL’ is still pushing their dope here in the Valley. I too have seen many of their tags. Hopefully these latest arrests will set off another round of arrests in the AV. I don’t hold my breath though, because no matter how many arrests you make, these rodents always resurface.

  4. H8 Section8
    June 5, 2012 at 5:44 am

    How is it that 48 and 60 year old grown men are still gang members?! Get a freakin’ life!! Sheesh!

    • Kings Fan
      June 5, 2012 at 6:45 am

      Here, here!

      • sacryinshame
        June 6, 2012 at 12:08 am

        Last week, I heard a report of the Gang Task Force in Apple Valley having to be involved with a kid(s) in 3rd grade being in gangs already. Grandpa, Daddy and 3rd grade little boy in same gang.

  5. sweetiepants
    June 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    PDL. I have seen that graffiti tag around Valley Central area of Lancaster Blvd,25th W, and Ave J. I wish they would all go away, back to Pasadena or where ever.

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