03/15/2007

L.A. drug gang is toppled; crackdown yields 31 arrests, heroin seizure

By Richard Winton
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — For decades, the 5th and Hill gang allegedly was the biggest drug dealer in downtown Los Angeles.

The leaders lived in the suburbs and other parts of L.A., where they produced thousands of heroin balloons at their homes and then had middlemen deliver them downtown, police said. There, day laborers, homeless people and even some children as young as 12 allegedly helped peddle the heroin.

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