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Lawsuits filed against owners of alleged gang-controlled properties

L.A. city attorney files three lawsuits against owners of allegedly gang-controlled properties

The Los Angeles city attorney filed lawsuits Wednesday against the owners of three allegedly gang-controlled properties in South L.A., a day after dozens of gang members were arrested by local and federal law enforcement.

The properties involved in City Atty. Mike Feuer's suit are allegedly controlled by the Five Deuce Broadway Gangster Crips, the street gang targeted in Tuesday's arrests, and suspected of being used for gang activity, including drug sales.

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FOR THE RECORD

An earlier version of this post stated that South Broadway and 52nd Street is close to skid row; it is about five miles away.

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The Five Deuce Gangster Crips are centered at South Broadway and 52nd Street. They number about 200 members, 72 of which were named in a federal indictment outlining the findings of a three-year investigation.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department.

The properties are all single-family homes, and two of the three are located within a block of Estrella Elementary School. 

In a Tuesday news conference, Feuer said the lawsuits were being filed in part to ensure the sustainability of the arrests.

“Taking back these problem properties from criminals has a tremendous and lasting impact on the quality of life of a community," Feuer said in a news release.

caitlin.owens@latimes.com

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