CITY ATTORNEY FEUER FILES LAWSUITS AGAINST ALLEGED GANG-CONTROLLED PROPERTIES IN SOUTH LOS ANGELES


LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed nuisance abatement lawsuits against the owners of three south Los Angeles properties, including a strip mall and an unlicensed barber shop, allegedly controlled by the Rollin’ 30s and 40s criminal street gangs and used for gang activity including narcotics and firearms sales. City Attorney Feuer’s suits follow a collaborative operation with the LAPD and FBI that resulted in the service of 24 federal arrest warrants. “The lawsuits we filed today target chronic properties we allege are controlled by gangs, and are bases for drug and gun sales in close proximity to churches and schools,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “Gangs can be relentless in pursuing their criminal enterprises; we must be even more committed to assuring every neighborhood is safe.”

Properties named in the lawsuit include:

  • 4376 Western Avenue, a commercial strip mall allegedly controlled by the Rollin’40s, a close ally of the Rollin’ 30s. In the last three years, there have been a drive-by shooting, armed robberies, gang assaults and seven documented narcotics transactions at the location. The property is within 750 feet of two schools.

  • 2025 Jefferson Boulevard, a mixed-use property including an unlicensed barber shop, has been the location of five documented narcotics transactions within the past 18 months. The “Faded Up” barber shop was also linked to four firearms sales between December 2012 and February 2013. The property is within 950 feet of an elementary school, a public library and three churches, including one church directly across the street from the location.

  • 1626 W. 38th Place, is a residential duplex, located in the heart of Rollin’ 30s turf and is known to be the hub of cocaine and other controlled substance sales. In the last two years, there have been at least 12 documented narcotics incidents there. The property is located within 785 feet of a learning center and two churches.

The lawsuits seek a preliminary injunction against the owners requiring physical and managerial improvements including improved lighting, fencing, guest and tenant screening, stay away orders against gang members and various other provisions. With respect to the commercial locations, closures of the nuisance businesses will be sought and the owner will be required to screen prospective tenants and implement security measures, including hiring armed security guards.

The lawsuits follow the initial phase of an FBI-LAPD investigation which resulted in the arrest of 117 Rollin’ 30s gang members and associations and the filing of six nuisance property abatement lawsuits by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Today’s law enforcement actions represent the second phase in that continued operation.

All litigation was spearheaded by members of the City Attorney’s Safe Neighborhoods and Gangs Division.

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