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California in Brief / LOS ANGELES

Alleged PCP house targeted

February 16, 2008|Sam Quinones

City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo is asking a judge for authority to close a house in Watts allegedly used by members of the Grape Street Crips to cook PCP.

The house in the 10300 block of Lou Dillon Avenue "has been used as a flophouse or safe house in addition to a place where PCP was cooked up," said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for Delgadillo's office.

Police have been called several times to the property in the last two years. Last summer, they searched the house and another property and found 15 gallons of hazardous waste, a byproduct of cooking PCP.

The house is owned by Lillian Foster, mother of Alphonso Foster, who is in jail facing federal drug charges and whom police allege is an influential member of the Grape Street Crips, city attorney officials said.

In 2005, Delgadillo obtained an injunction against the gang, which operates near the Jordan Downs housing project. Delgadillo's office is asking a judge for authority to fence and board up the property, and force Foster to clean it.

The request is part of the office's larger crackdown on gang and drug houses in neighborhoods.

-- Sam Quinones

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