Narcotics agents and police raided an active drug lab capable of producing at least $1 million worth of crystal methamphetamine, or “ice,” and arrested four Korean gang members, officials said today.
Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and Los Angeles police raided a North Hollywood apartment about 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, DEA spokesman Ralph Lochridge said.
The officers arrested four adults described as Korean gang members, Lochridge said. Their identities were not immediately available.
The potent smokable form of methamphetamine, worth about $100,000 per pound on the street, is in great demand in Hawaii.
Lochridge said the North Hollywood raid was the first documented case of “ice” manufacturing by Koreans in Los Angeles for distribution in Hawaii.