Mark R. Madler
A federal indictment is expected to be handed down today against
Glendale resident Scott Schaffer on weapons charges stemming from an
investigation into a San Fernando Valley street gang.
Schaffer, 51, has been in federal custody since his July 13 arrest
at his home.
He is expected to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Los
Angeles on Monday.
Schaffer is alleged to have traded handguns for cocaine with
members of the Vineland Boyz street gang.
Shaffer hired noted defense attorney Roger Rosen this week to
He has spoken with both Schaffer and government prosecutors to get
himself familiar with the case, Rosen said, but is not ready to
discuss the case.
"Having just been retained I don't feel I am in a position to
comment on the case at this time," Rosen said.
Rosen is currently representing music producer Phil Spector on a
charge of murder for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at
Spector's Alhambra mansion.
Local police and federal investigators were led to Schaffer after
a search in June of the Granada Hills home of a Vineland Boyz member
turned up a gun registered to Schaffer that had not been reported
An affidavit from David Torres, a Los Angeles Police officer
assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration's Southern California
Drug Task Force, filed to obtain a search warrant for Schaffer's
Glendale home spelled out evidence prosecutors obtained from an
informant who was a Vineland Boyz street gang member.
Schaffer met with gang members in a North Hollywood bar where
weapons and drugs were exchanged, Torres said in the affidavit.
At least one Vineland Boyz member was allowed to use Schaffer's
personal vehicle or the cabs of one of Schaffer's companies, Valley
Cab Co., to transport drugs or collect drug-related debts, Torres
Also arrested July 13 was Burbank City Councilwoman Stacey Murphy
on suspicion of cocaine possession and child endangerment.
Murphy, 47, is alleged to have had the cocaine in a bedroom and
three handguns and 900 rounds of ammunition in the garage of her Lima
Street home, police said.
Murphy is free on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in
Burbank Superior Court on Aug. 25.
Burbank Police have increased patrols on Murphy's street since her
arrest although it was not at her request, department spokesman Sgt.
Jay Jette said.
"Anytime you have a controversial issue you can end up with
someone expressing their opinion in an inappropriate fashion," Jette
said as the reason for the extra patrols.