Cops use Craigslist to arrest Cypress Park man for allegedly selling illegal fireworks


Cypress Park —   A man was taken into custody last week following a fireworks bust after he allegedly attempted to sell illegal fireworks to undercover officers using a Craigslist ad, according to the LAPD.

A detective with the LAPD’s Northeast Division responded to an advertisement for a variety of illegal fireworks. He was told by the seller that he could purchase 15 M80s and two larger packs of fireworks, said Detective Arturo Koenig with the LAPD’s Northeast Division.

An undercover detective met with the seller at an undisclosed location and agreed to buy $340 worth of fireworks.  Police gave the suspect,  a 40-year-old Latino, a citation and had him sign a consent to search, Koenig said.

After searching the suspect’s home in the 2600 block of Idell Street, detectives found a large amount of illegal fireworks,  including M80s hidden inside two cars in the suspect’s garage.

The LAPD bomb squad was reportedly called in to confiscate more than $3,000 worth of illegal fireworks with a street value of about $8,000. The Eastsider is seeking to confirm these details.

The suspect was taken into custody for the possession and sale of illegal fireworks.

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  1. Thanks, LAPD for getting this guy and his illegal fireworks. Thanks, Eastsider, for following up on this story!

    We know from past years experience that confiscation of illegal fireworks alone does not control this issue. Please, LAPD, Sheriff’s Department, get officers out on our neighborhood streets to actively stop those setting off fireworks and also serve as deterrent.

  2. Completely agree with Androg.

  3. I agree with Androg and Jones. As I type this, it’s 9PM on the 4th and explosions have been rattling the windows for the past three hours and they show no sign of stopping. These aren’t colorful traditional fireworks in the sky – just non-stop obnoxious noise. I’m a combat vet, and don’t personally find this pointless barrage festive or happy. My dog has been barking for hours. I sincerely hope that the impotent drunken morons who are setting these things off blow off a finger or two.

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