Laguna Beach Cops Seize Guns, Drugs and Cars

A suspected drug trafficker is also arrested as part of a months-long operation that took the LBPD to Hawthorne.

Detectives from the Laguna Beach Police Department on Friday morning executed search warrants at homes in the Los Angeles County city of Hawthorne.

The two warrants were obtained as the result of a drug investigation that began several months prior in Laguna Beach, according to a statement issued by Capt. Jason Kravetz of the LBPD.

At one of these locations, thousands of prescription pain pills, ecstasy and marijuana were found. The exact street value of all of the narcotics is still being calculated.

One person was arrested during the operation, and was booked at the Hawthorne Police Department. He is being identified as Kevin Odel Lott, 42, a Hawthorne resident. Lott is being accused of possession of drugs for sale, possession of ecstasy, and being a felon in possession of handguns. According to police, Lott has ties to drug activity in Laguna Beach.

Detectives also seized $140,000 in cash, a Mercedes S550 valued at $80,000, a Chevy Tahoe valued at $40,000, a Mercedes R Class SUV valued at $40,000, a Dodge Charger valued at $35,000, and two handguns.

It is believed that the cash and cars were all obtained through interstate drug trafficking.

Both search warrants were served with the assistance of the Hawthorne Police Department and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

jeff Lambeth November 03, 2012 at 05:54 PM
law enforcement in this country is one reason people the world over love this country. Its what Seperates us from corrupt third world garbage. Xlnt work.
Doug Cortez November 03, 2012 at 06:29 PM
This sounds like a scene from the movie Savages. I am still wondering why the City allowed this sick movie to be filmed in Laguna Beach.
Doug Cortez November 03, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Also, concur that our Police to a great job. Crime is an issue and this election cycle little was said. But we need to be ever more vigilant.
Rich Kane November 03, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Doug: Maybe because the book is set in Laguna Beach?
Chang gilroy November 04, 2012 at 02:35 AM
You mean Laguna cops busted someone beside a skateboarder?!! Way to go guys!
Doug Cortez November 04, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Rich: the book was set in Laguna Beach. But that does not mean we have to give them a permit to film here. Laguna is a very attractive film location. I know they pay for the police protection. But maybe we find a way to charge more for this ideal location .. no matter what the film subject is. I believe in free speech, but this film was not a good adverstisement for Laguna.
Rich Kane November 04, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Doug: Perhaps, but Savages was a work of fiction, regardless. I don't think anyone is going to think Laguna is filled with gun-toting drug kingpins, the above story notwithstanding. Now, about the Laguna Beach MTV show ... not a good plug for the city either on the surface, but tourists still come to town and spend their cash because of it ...
kim November 04, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Drugs in Laguna is real. Awesome that the police are trying desperately to get them out of the kids hands. Let them know, not in our town.
Doug Cortez November 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Rich .. I hope you are correct. But glorifying drugs and murder all in Laguna can not possibly help our community. I was on the sent at Main Beach. I asked the LB cops who was paying their bills. They said the City approved and the movie producer was paying them. I dont know. But I think the City should have charged them for taking over the Main Beach area for a few days. Maybe they did. The 73 Freeway costs even more but Costa Mesa gave that one away too. I agree with Kim .. zero tolerance for drugs in Laguna .. maybe drug glorification movies too!
mocker November 04, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Surprised no one tried to compare Mr. Lott to Mr. Romney.. Mr. Lott had a bunch of cash laying around, but he neglected to get it out of the country, and now the Govmnt's got it. Also 2 Mercedes and some domestic cars, that calls for celebrating Mr Lotts's culture. He obviously need these cars to shop at Costco...Think he was unfairly targeted...maybe? Is it a south side west side thing?...well this would be 3 strike for Mr Lott. Glad we got him under a serious felony or Tuesdays ballot initiative might have made us let him go...unless he decided to use his Mercedes E-3 skateboard in our city. Then all drugs aside he would rue the day he set foot here.
mocker November 04, 2012 at 08:57 PM
As to the issue raised by commenter Doug about certain movies giving a bad portrayal of our fair city, i agree anything with tough guys, bad guys, gay guys, foreign guys, guys, women, artists, construction workers, or naturalists, tends to make our city seem like its full of these types of people. Perhaps we resurrect June Cleaver. She would make us look like any town USA, a bedroom community where we are all nice and friendly and safe. Taco Loco would go taco broko, because we would lose everyone but the few good tattooless un-pierced people still left somewhere in the Midwest that havent visited yet because they saw SAVAGES. The rest visit or move here just because of a preconceived notion they have of what they think Laguna Beach represents. I for one would institute a tribunal that okays just who comes here to visit or stay, a code of conduct would be signed and their length of stay determined by their good behaviour. Also a north of LOCO south of LOCO border could be established and called an enterprise or entertainment zone, thus allowing us to put a good light on virtually any action that takes place. Now it sounds like I'm talking about Obama
Doug Cortez November 05, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I am assuming "mocker" has his tongue firmly in his cheek. But I am concerned that he has prejudged me without knowing me. I was born in OC 70 yrs ago and moved to Laguna 12 yrs ago. I moved here because I love the diversity of people here. I am a gay man and I have been with the same partner for 19 years. We are here because we are accepted here and our many friends and neighbors here don't care about our sexual orientation. If mocker is suggesting we should tolerate criminals and drug dealers here then I respectively disagree. As to "Savages", I have a first amendment right to call the movie "trash" and all of my friends agree. I am absolutely opposed to censorship of any kind. I will pass on mockers "tribunal". The movie industry is free to make whatever kind of movie they want and do it in Laguna Beach. If you listen carefully, I asking why the City does not sell movie rights for their fair market value. I repeat: I don't know what if anything the City (or the homeowners) were paid to use their properties for a film set. I am still waiting for answers . As for June Cleaver, even I would welcome here here .. as long as she pays her taxes, obeys the traffic laws and does not deny me marriage equality!


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