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Two men suspected of trying to sell marijuana on skid row arrested

April 12, 2010 |  3:32 pm

Two men were arrested with 60 pounds of marijuana that police believe they were going to sell on skid row hours after the Los Angeles city attorney announced an injunction aimed at curbing so-called commuter drug dealers who travel to the area to sell their goods, authorities said.

LAPD Lt . Paul Vernon said investigators, acting on a tip, arrested Hector Cabrera, 33, and his passenger, Fernando Padilla, 38, last Wednesday as they sat in their car at a Bunker Hill apartment building. A third adult was questioned and released.

“It didn't take the detectives long to realize they had the right car,'' Vernon said. "There was so much weed in the car, they could smell it when they approached the driver's window."

Detectives seized marijuana valued at at least $24,000 and as much as $100,000 if sold on the streets in small amounts, Vernon said.

"This marijuana was destined for Skid Row,'' Vernon said. "It is both ironic and tragic that the country's largest recovery area is also the region's biggest drug bazaar.''

The city attorney’s office announced last week that it would seek a criminal injunction specifically targeting 80 named drug dealers who try to do business in the area.

-- Richard Winton