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Pajama-Clad 'Skid Row Drug Kingpin' Arrested At His Suburban Home

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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.

Police told ABC that this morning's raid was not related to the recent Spice overdoses on Skid Row, and that police had been tracking Turner for some time.

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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.

For reference, if you were to neatly stack 600,000 one dollar bills on top of each other, the stack would measure roughly 215 feet, which is thirty times as tall as Shaquille O'Neal.