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Police arrest two brothers in North Hollywood, members of Armenian Power gang during drug, gun raid

December 27, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Police arrest two brothers in North Hollywood, members of Armenian Power gang during drug, gun raid

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Authorities say two brothers who are Armenian Power gang members were arrested on suspicion of possessing weapons, concentrated cannabis and the chemicals needed to create the drug, but one is out on bail.

Hakop Nagapetian, 25, and Berg Nagapetian, 23, were arrested Thursday, Dec. 17, at their father’s residence in the 12000 block of Gilmore Street, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, in North Hollywood, said Glendale Police Department spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

“A search of the residence revealed a sawed-off shotgun, handgun, ammunition and AR-15 large-capacity magazines,” Lightfoot said.

The brothers are known gang members, she said.

The arrest was made by a task force responsible for checking the compliance of lower-level offenders paroled under a law to reduce the number of inmates in state prison, Lightfoot said.

Hakop Nagapetian is on formal probation relating to a firearms case and remains in jail on a probation hold, according to authorities. Berg Nagapetian posted $35,000 bail and was released the night he was arrested.

Both suspects have ties to Glendale and Burbank, Lightfoot said.

Officers discovered an elaborate butane honey oil lab, several pounds of marijuana, more than 130 bottles of butane fuel and cooking products. They also found “a significant amount” of concentrated cannabis, packaging and a ledger containing $21,000 in cash, Lightfoot said.

Safes found in bedroom closets contained more than 800 rounds of ammunition, she said.

Authorities also searched the home of a relative of the brothers in the 12000 block of Oxnard Street, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, in North Hollywood and seized high-powered rifles, including three assault weapons, along with two unregistered handguns and a sawed-off shotgun, Lightfoot said.

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