LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed a narcotics abatement lawsuit against the owners and operators of an alleged gang controlled apartment complex known as a haven for illegal drugs and guns located across the street from Locke High School. Feuer also filed suit against the owners of a nearby gang controlled single family home. The lawsuits are part of a continued crackdown by Feuer and law enforcement on narcotics and crime magnet properties across Los Angeles including four recent abatement lawsuits filed against properties in Hollywood, South Los Angeles, Venice and Del Rey.
“Gangs, drugs and guns are a lethal combination and corrosive to our neighborhoods--especially across the street from a school,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “My office will continue to fight aggressively to rid our communities of these epicenters of crime.”
Narcotics and public nuisance abatement lawsuits have been filed against Michael Hayden and Michelle Wilson, the owners of an apartment building located at 605 East 109th Place and Tamara Brown-Siemu and Charlene Davis, the operators of a property at 8704 Wadsworth Avenue.
The 109th Place property is a two-story, eight unit apartment complex located one block away from 109th Street Elementary School and across the Street from Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy. For at least the past four years, the property has allegedly been used as, and currently is, a stronghold for members of the Back Street Crips gang to conduct narcotics sales as well as to store narcotics and firearms. Since 2011 there have been at least 18 arrests at or directly related to the property and since 2012, LAPD has recovered seven firearms.
The civil abatement action seeks an injunction restricting criminal activity on the property including selling or storing controlled substances. The abatement also seeks physical and managerial improvements to the property including an internet-connected video monitoring system accessible by LAPD; improved lighting; screening of tenants; armed and licensed security guards; and the prohibition of known gang members from accessing the property.
The defendants will also face civil penalties and may be ordered by the court to reside in the property until the nuisance is abated.
The Wadsworth Avenue property is a 1,300 square foot singled family residence in a modest neighborhood located within 700 feet of five places of worship. The property is allegedly used by the Swan Bloods street gang for the sale, storage and use of rock cocaine on an open and continuous basis. Since January 2013, LAPD has conducted two search warrants at the property and made 13 arrests.
The civil abatement action is seeking an injunction prohibiting the sale and storage of narcotics at the property. The City Attorney is also seeking a court order requiring any member or associates of the Swan Bloods gang to move out of the property and be prohibited from returning 1,000 feet from the home.