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Pajama-Clad 'Skid Row Drug Kingpin' Arrested At His Suburban Home
LAPD SWAT officers and DEA agents executed a massive early morning sweep Wednesday, targeting what officials have described as the "dominant ring supplying cocaine and heroin on the streets of downtown L.A," according to the L.A. Times.
Derrick Turner, who authorities describe as a Skid Row drug kingpin, left his Cerritos home in handcuffs and pajamas just after 3:30 a.m. According to the L.A. Times, Turner's home—on a tree-lined cul-de-sac in Cerritos, a suburban city 20 miles southeast of downtown—was one of 20 locations raided by LAPD and a regional drug task force.
LAPD Officer Tony Im tells LAist that by 6:34 a.m.,16 narcotics arrests had already been made as part of the raids.
CBS reports that law enforcement also seized about $1.8 million in currency—$600,000 of which was in one dollar bills—along with a large quantity of cocaine.
"The fact it was one dollar bills tells you a lot about his business on skid row," LAPD Capt. Andrew Neiman told the L.A. Times.