Three people, including two gang members, were in custody as a result of a search warrant served in Long Beach that turned up more than 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks worth about $30,000, authorities said.
Officers responded to a garage set up as a makeshift storefront in the 1800 block of East 57th Street around 7:50 p.m. Monday and served a search warrant following a report of fireworks being sold from the location.
In addition to the fireworks, officers also seized an undisclosed amount of money and PCP.
Four minors — ages 5, 8, 10 and 17 — also were found in the home and turned over to the Department of Children and Family Services, police said.
Due to the large quantity of high-powered fireworks at the scene, Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded to take control of them, police added.
Arrested in the search were 24-year-old Darius Bo of Long Beach, 29-year- old Sreypeur Say of Long Beach and 36-year-old Armand Moore of Los Angeles, police said.
Bail was set at $20,000 for Bo and Say on the charge of possessing dangerous fireworks, and at $30,000 for Moore who was facing a charge of possessing PCP for sale, according to police. Bo and Moore are documented gang members, police added.
“The community needs to understand that when they purchase fireworks from unauthorized sources such as this, they are essentially putting money in to the pockets of street gangs and supporting their illicit activities,” said Long Beach Police Department Chief Robert Luna.
—City News Service