BY LUCY GUANUNA
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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