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Owner of motel allegedly used for drug deals should be forced to live there, suit says

The owner of a Los Angeles motel allegedly used for drug dealing and prostitution should be forced to live there until the illegal activity stops, according to a lawsuit filed by the city attorney's office.

The narcotics abatement action targets the Grand Motel in the Pico/Robertson neighborhood.

The 19-unit motel at 1479 S. La Cienega Blvd. has been "a magnet for criminal activity" and the site of hundreds of arrests since 1997, states the lawsuit, which was filed this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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The suit contends that the motel has long been a blight on the community.

The city attorney's office is asking the court to order the motel owner, identified as Jin Chern Shiang, to live there until the property is improved and the narcotics use and prostitution ends.

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