City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has filed suit to seize an apartment building that allegedly serves as a 24-hour narcotics pharmacy run by the Mara Salvatrucha gang. Also known by its initials MS-13, the gang was formed in Los Angeles by Salvadoran immigrants during the 1980s. The lawsuit was not served on gang members but on Jacob Libman, the landlord of the Pico-Union neighborhood building located at 833
Fedora Street. A press release from Delgadillo's office says:
“The lawsuit seeks an injunction against Libman, aimed at
eliminating criminal activity at the property, as well as civil penalties, attorneys'
fees and law enforcement investigative costs. The suit also seeks the
appointment of a receiver who would assume control and management of the
property in order to abate the entrenched gang and nuisance activity there.”