Jury Finds Los Angeles Gang Member and College Student Guilty of Trafficking PCP
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Today, a federal jury found WESLEY TAVION GRANT (a/k/a "Olajawan Bush"), 23, a "Bloods" gang member from Los Angeles, California, and LARENZO MONTEL GABOUREL, 20, a community college student also from Los Angeles, guilty of conspiracy to distribute PCP and possession with intent to distribute PCP, announced Mark A. Yancey, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. The jury also found Grant guilty of distribution of PCP and Gabourel guilty of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking
According to evidence at trial, on May 19, 2015, an undercover FBI agent purchased a large amount of PCP from Grant in the Walmart parking lot at Memorial and Penn Avenue. Law enforcement executed a search warrant at an abandoned apartment that was being used as a “stash house” in northwest Oklahoma City which resulted in the seizure of the nearly a gallon of PCP kept in water bottles and vanilla extract bottles. The drugs, representing nearly 3,200 individual doses of PCP, had a street value of well over $40,000. During the arrest and search, Gabourel was found in the apartment with a loaded .32 revolver in his pants. The jury also heard evidence of Grant’s prior Oklahoma City arrest for PCP distribution and from a Las Vegas Metro Police Officer who discussed a Las Vegas arrest in which PCP was found. Testimony was presented from a fellow Blood gang member who testified about driving Gabrouel from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City and the making of the PCP.
The trial lasted for three days and the jury deliberated for approximately seven hours before finding both defendant’s guilty on all counts. After the verdict was read, both Grant and Gabourel were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals.
At sentencing, both defendants face up to life in prison. A sentencing date will be set by the court in approximately 90 days. Reference is made to the court record for further information.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oklahoma City Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas Patterson, Robert Don Gifford, II, and David McCrary.