Glendale resident Scott Schaffer is in a court-ordered drug treatment
facility after posting $1-million bond to be released from federal
custody on charges of selling handguns to a gang member.
Schaffer's family put up the money that will assure that he will
continue to make his court appearances, one of his attorney's, Steven
L. Szocs, said on Monday.
Schaffer was released Aug. 19 after more than a month in federal
custody following his arrest at his Glendale home.
"He apparently is in an in-patient, quasi-house arrest type
environment," U.S. Attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek said.
A federal grand jury handed down a four-count indictment against
Schaffer on July 28 charging him with selling two handguns to a known
felon, possessing a handgun while selling cocaine, possession with
intent to deliver cocaine and owning 10 firearms at a time when he
was regularly using cocaine.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to
appear in U.S. District Court on Oct. 25.
Going to a drug treatment facility was a condition set by a judge
in the event that Schaffer posted bond. The facility is located in
Southern California, and while there Schaffer must wear an ankle
monitor, Szocs said.
"We initially suggested the Betty Ford Center but the court was
not inclined to do that," Szocs said. "The judge had discussions with
pre-trial services and thought it was more conducive to have him
Schaffer spent a weekend at the Betty Ford Center, located in
Rancho Mirage, in May, Szocs said.
Local police and federal investigators were led to Schaffer after
a search in June of a Granada Hills home of a Vineland Boyz member
turned up a gun registered to Schaffer that had not been reported
Also arrested as part of the probe into the street gang's illegal
activities was Burbank City Councilwoman Stacey Murphy. She pleaded
not guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge and a
felony possession of cocaine charge.
In July, police found cocaine, three handguns -- registered to
Schaffer -- and 900 rounds of ammunition in Murphy's Burbank home on
Lima Street, where she lives with her 12-year-old son.
Murphy has been released on her own recognizance.
If convicted, Murphy could face three years in state prison. She
would also be removed from the Burbank City Council, where she has
served for more than eight years.
* MARK MADLER covers
Burbank City Hall and the
courts. He may be reached
at (818) 637-3242 or by e-mail at mark.madlerlatimes.com.