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Police Raid Skid Row Dealer Seize 600,000 $1 Bills

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Police recover $600,000 in $1 bills during arrest of suspected skid row drug kingpin

Los Angeles police arrested a man they say is a skid row drug kingpin at his suburban home in Cerritos along with 15 others as part of an early-morning sweep targeting downtown's infamous drug market.

"The fact it was $1 bills tells you a lot about his business on skid row," LAPD Capt. Andrew Neiman said.

The sweep marks the latest in years of crackdowns targeting the drug bazaar that has long operated on the streets of skid row, preying on a homeless community where addiction is a major problem. Over the weekend, 15 people were sickened during a string of overdoses linked to sales of tainted spice, or synthetic marijuana.

Los Angeles SWAT officers rolled into a cul-de-sac in the Cerritos neighborhood shortly after 3:30 a.m. in armored vehicles to capture Derrick Turner, 48.

Clad in his pajamas, Turner finally walked out and was arrested. His children could be heard crying.

Turner was charged with three felonies including possession of narcotics for sale, receiving the proceeds of drug sales and conspiracy. In addition to Turner, three other people were charged in the same case: Chasity Jackson, Henry Walker and Louis Bernard McAdoo. Police said McAdoo, who faces five felony charges, is other principal in the Turner’s drug conspiracy.

Turner's home on Teresa Court was one of 20 locations raided by LAPD and a regional drug task force. Police said they arrested 16 of the 20 suspects for whom they had warrants to take into custody.

Turner is an Athens Blood gang member but works with the Grape Street gang to sell drugs, according to detectives.

Crime in skid row and other parts of downtown L.A. increased last year.
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