Hollywood gang spreading heroin in Glendale, La Crescenta, police chief says
Authorities say they are growing increasingly concerned over heroin use in the La Crescenta and northern Glendale areas.
A Hollywood-based gang has played a major role in supplying heroin to the area, Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa told the News-Press.
Gang members have allegedly given free samples of heroin to teens and taught them to smoke the drug to increase their client base, he said.
All drug-related offenses in January investigated by Glendale police in the Crescenta Valley were attributed to heroin, an increasingly popular opiate among youth in the region, De Pompa said.
Heroin use has been escalating in the Crescenta Valley in the last five years as more high school students and young adults have become hooked, he said during a presentation to the City Council on drug use in northern Glendale.
“For years and years, La Crescenta seemed to be untouched by a lot of the big-city ailments that we started experiencing in the rest of the community, and we are starting to see a change in that now,” he said.
-- Veronica Rocha, News-Press
Photo: Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa. Credit: city of Glendale