On Thursday, April 28, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Chief Charlie Beck had a news conference to announce the results of a search warrant targeting drug sales in Skid Row. “Let me make this perfectly clear, Los Angeles will not tolerate anyone who will prey on some of the most vulnerable people in the City,” said Mayor Garcetti.
Early Wednesday morning, April 27, 2016, Los Angeles Police Department police officers served a search warrant on those targeting Skid Row community members which resulted in a seizure of illegal drugs, guns, and money.
Chief Charlie Beck recognized the cycle of addiction can not end if people can still buy small quantities of drugs on the streets. Chief Beck was determined to bring down the organization of major players in the drug raid. Of the 25 targeted, 19 were arrested. One suspect has been business for three decades.
Mayor Garcetti and Chief Beck recognized those individuals involved in this collaborated Task Force. The task force included LAPD, City Attorney, DEA, Brookside County Sheriff, FBI, IRS, US Marshall, Homeland Security, DCFS, and other participating agencies. “Without their contributions we wouldn’t have been successful,” added Chief Beck. Two Million in US currency was confiscated along with, 13 kilograms of cocaine, 22 pounds of methamphetamine, 20 pounds in heroine, and nine firearms. Multiple charges will be filed. Chief Beck followed with, “This is not just about making arrests, it’s about changing a neighborhood.”