LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — City Attorney Mike Feuer Thursday filed a nuisance lawsuit against several gang-controlled properties in South LA.
Feuer announced the suit during a 10 a.m. news conference.
It consisted of three South LA properties, including a commercial strip mall on Western Avenue, an unlicensed barber shop on Jefferson Avenue and a residential duplex on West 38th Place.
All three properties are controlled by the Rollin’ 30s and 40s gangs, the lawsuit alleges.
Feuer claims the locations, close to churches and schools, were being used for gang activity, as well as drug and firearms sales.
“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,” officials said.
The lawsuit follows “Operation Thumbs Down,” a collaborative 30-month operation with the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI that resulted in 13 arrests Thursday of gang member from the Rollin’ 30 Harlem Crips.
Authorities also confiscated more than two dozen firearms.
Since the operation began, 140 gang members have been arrested.
Authorities said the Rollin’ 30 are connected to 29 homicides and more than 2,000 robberies and aggravated assaults.
The suspects each face a minimum of five years in prison.