CITY ATTORNEY FEUER SECURES INJUNCTION SHUTTING DOWN AN UNLICENSED HIGHLAND PARK DAY CARE CENTER OPERATING AT A PROPERTY ALLEGEDLY KNOWN FOR LARGE SCALE COCAINE SALES
City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office has successfully secured a preliminary injunction ordering the owners of a Highland Park property to comply with numerous safety and security conditions including the immediate shut down of an alleged unlicensed child care business where more than 20 kilograms of cocaine were recently recovered.
“The drug activity we allege at this home was a massive blight on the community and especially outrageous because little kids were caught right in the middle of it,” said City Attorney Feuer. “Shutting down this day care center, combined with the other tough conditions we fought for, will make this neighborhood safer for everyone.”
The injunction, granted by Judge James Chalfant, orders Felipe Talamante and Prodigios Garcia Talamante, the father-son owners of the multi-unit residential property at 5215 Marmion Way in Northeast Los Angeles, to refrain from operating a day care business at the property; to refrain from allowing non-resident children on site unless accompanied by their parents; to refrain from advertising or marketing the location as a child care facility; as well as requiring them to post signs notifying the public that babysitting and child care are not allowed at the property.
The court also prohibited the Talamantes from immediately selling the property and allowing any firearms on the property. The court further ordered the Talamantes to terminate the tenancy of son/brother, Miguel Talamante, based on his arrest for narcotic sales and to install proper lighting and maintenance.
For at least the past two years, the property allegedly has been known by law enforcement as a location for the distribution of narcotics and has been heavily frequented by drug users and buyers. The location was also allegedly being used as an unlicensed day care business for children between two and ten years old. It is located within 900 feet of Monte Vista Elementary school.
In 2015, a search warrant was issued on the property resulting in the arrest of defendant Felipe Talamante and the recovery of 20 kilograms of cocaine. In May 2017, a second search warrant was served on the property resulting in the recovery of an additional 20 kilograms of cocaine as well as two rocks of cocaine and digital sales. Defendant Felipe Talamante was taken into custody for narcotics sales and child endangerment.
Investigators observed children being dropped off at the location throughout the day as part of the illegal child care business and numerous children were observed playing on the patio where criminal activity was taking place. The recovered cocaine was also found in the same room as a child-size mattress.
City Attorney Feuer has expanded his Federal and Local Special Abatement Operations Unit, which, since July, 2013, has filed 89 abatement actions and obtained 83 injunctions requiring comprehensive physical and managerial improvements to nuisance properties. In this same time period, the office has successfully secured the closure of 10 gang/narcotics locations and recovered over $845,000 in costs and fees. Feuer also recently established an easy-to-use online method through which residents may report properties with gang and/or narcotics activity in their neighborhoods. He’s asking residents to report these properties by calling his office at (213) 978-8340 or visiting the City Attorney’s website: www.lacityattorney.org. All reports may be made anonymously.