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Marijuana scheme may be at center of West Hollywood triple homicide, detectives say

August 31, 2010 |  7:06 am




L.A. County Sheriff's Department officials are investigating whether a medical marijuana reselling scheme is at the center of a triple homicide in West Hollywood.

Detectives said a 31-year-old man who was arrested Monday in connection in the killing of three men at a Kings Road apartment last week was in possession of several pounds of marijuana.

"It is believed the marijuana may have been taken by [suspect Harold Yong] Park from the West Hollywood apartment following the murders," Sheriff's Lt. Pat Nelson said.

The three men may have been buying marijuana from dispensaries and reselling it, Nelson said. Detectives believe they were killed when Park stole the drugs.

Park, of East Hollywood, was taken into custody Monday after he was pulled over in an area patrolled by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Lomita station in the South Bay, the department said.

His vehicle was identified by an automated license plate recognition system in the patrol car. Detectives had developed leads and staked out the area where the arrest was made.

The three men were shot and killed late Thursday night in an apartment in the 600 block of North Kings Road.



The slayings shocked neighbors in the quiet neighborhood, which is a short walk from trendy Melrose Avenue.

The victims were identified as Pirooz Moussazadeh, 27; his brother, Shahriar Moussazadeh, 38; and Bernard Khalili, 27.

Several neighbors said the 28-unit apartment building is filled with immigrants from Iran, Israel, Poland and Russia.

They said there was a high turnover of tenants in the building.

Park was interviewed by investigators after he was pulled over and was arrested on suspicion of homicide.

He was being held at the Lomita sheriff's station.

Nelson credited detectives and investigators with the sheriff's crime lab for coming up with the leads that led to Park's arrest.

-- Richard Winton and Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Scene outside apartment. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times