April 20, 2017
City News Service
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Wednesday his office has filed lawsuits against the owners of six properties across the city allegedly connected to drug sales and criminal activity.
The properties are located in the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles and include single-family homes, an apartment building and two motels.
“For too long, residents of these communities across our city have been plagued by the rampant criminal activity we allege at these properties,” Feuer said. “Enough is enough. My office will continue to fight to rid our neighborhoods of illegal guns, drugs and gang conduct that devastate communities.”
The five lawsuits seek injunctions against each of the property owners and prohibit criminal activity or gang activity at the locations, along with physical and managerial improvements.
The lawsuits involve:
— a single-family home at 6548 Cleon Ave. in North Hollywood, which is allegedly the site of heroin and methamphetamine sales. In the past year, the LAPD has made 18 narcotics-related arrests at the property, according to the city attorney’s office. Emile Gosline, the property owner, is the named defendant.
— three bungalows located at 709-711 1/2 W. 54th St. in Vermont Square, which are allegedly used as hangouts for two Crips criminal street gangs. Emaline Harris, as trustee of the Eddie & Emaline Harris Revocable Living Trust, the property owner, is named in the lawsuit, which alleges the properties are used for narcotics sales and the storage of firearms.
— a single-family home at 333 W. 58th St. in Vermont Knolls that is allegedly used to sell crystal methamphetamine. Undercover officers have made four buys at the location so far this year, according to Feuer’s office, which says the property was also the location of two shootings and the arrest of a person illegally possessing a handgun. Property owner Tyreca Deshon Angrum and alleged drug dealers Frank Hall and Tyson Hall are named in the lawsuit.
— a single-family home at 900 E. 24th St. in Historic South-Central is allegedly the location of drug sales, threats, batteries and assaults. The property owner, Julia Griffith, and Aaron Novel, a resident at the property and alleged drug dealer, are named in the lawsuit.
— the 4 Star Motel, an 18-unit property at 7400 S. Figueroa St. in South Los Angeles, and the 12-unit Showtime Motel at 11122 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, are both allegedly locations for drug sales, sexual assaults and prostitution.
The owners and operators of both motels, Sureshchandra N. Patel and Bhavnaben S. Patel, are named as defendants, along with Four Star Motel Corp., Bhavna Suresh LA, LLC, Suresh Bhavna SC, LLC, and Showtime Motel Corp.