More than 60 people were detained at Hollywood's iO West comedy theater during a raid Wednesday morning.
The vacant building had been under investigation for two months for potential drug and gun sales. Squatters took over the abandoned site after the most recent tenant left earlier this year. Some residents told the Times that they paid roughly $400 a month for rent.
Cities across California have been cracking down on illegally converted spaces following the death of 36 people in a fire during an unlicensed concert at a dilapidated Oakland warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship.”
With files from the Associated Press
Ben Thompson, senior lead officer for the Los Angeles Police Department in the Hollywood entertainment district, who led the investigation into the Hollywood abandoned building
Kerry Morrison, executive director of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance