Suspects Arrested for Narcotics Sales within Homeless Encampment NR24047cm/bb

February 6, 2024

Los Angeles: On January 31, 2024, Rampart Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail investigators and members of the Rampart Area Gang Impact Team served a search warrant in the 1400 block of North Sierra Bonita Avenue in the Los Angeles area, which led investigators to a recreational vehicle parked in the 900 block of South Beacon Avenue, adjacent to a homeless encampment. This area has become well-known for narcotic-related criminal activities.

Based on the investigation, it was determined that this specific recreational vehicle was not being used by any unhoused individual as a living quarter, but instead was being used for the sole purpose of engaging in narcotics sales and consumption. During the service of the search warrant, 439.4 gross grams of powder cocaine, 29.2 gross grams of cocaine base, an unregistered handgun, and $147,987.00 in U.S. currency were seized.

The following suspects were arrested for narcotic-related charges. Both are Los Angeles residents.

Suspect-1: Tony Walden, 55 years of age, Booking Number 6751948, Charge-11351 H&S: Possession of Cocaine for Sale

Suspect: Marlon Price, 56 years of age, Booking Number 6751953, Charge 11351.5 H&S: Possession of Cocaine Base for Sale

Anyone with information about this crime or these types of incidents is asked to contact the Rampart Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail at (213) 484-3674. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.