Long Beach police last month seized several pounds of drugs in addition to cash while serving a search warrant at a home associated with East Side Longo gang members, according to a search warrant filed in Long Beach Superior Court.
Police were alerted to the residence after a man was shot in an alleyway behind the home on Locust Avenue, just north of Pacific Coast Highway, on Feb. 6, according to the warrant.
At the hospital, the wounded man was uncooperative with officers, according to the search warrant, but police later identified the person who shot him as 27-year-old Randy Larrainzar, a documented ESL gang member on probation for a previous drug offense.
Investigators later located Larrainzar and began surveilling him, according to the warrant.
Through Larrainzar’s activity, according to the warrant, police zeroed in on a home in the 1900 block of Locust Avenue that other ESL gang members told officers was being used as a “trap house,” a place where illegal drugs are sold or used.
Officers surveilling Larrainzar also noticed him at one point fixing his waistband, which led the officers to believe he was armed, according to the warrant.
“I believe Larrainzar presents a clear danger to law enforcement and citizens in the surrounding neighborhood,” an investigating officer wrote in the warrant while requesting permission from a judge to search the residence.
On March 14, authorities served the search warrant at three different locations within the property on Locust Avenue. Court documents reveal officers found heroin, several pounds of methamphetamine—including 10 plastic bags of meth weighing one pound each—a revolver, ammunition, and items commonly used to weigh and package drugs.
LBPD booking log records show that Larrainzar, who was on probation for a previous drug-related conviction, was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance while armed.
His bail was set at $50,000, according to the LBPD, however, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department records show Larrainzar bonded out three days later.
It’s unclear whether LBPD was able to confirm Larrainzar’s involvement in the alleyway shooting.
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