The City Attorney's Office Wednesday sued a 74-year-old woman who allegedly is allowing drug sales from a North Hollywood home she owns while showing a "maternal tendency" toward some of those involved in the illegal activities.
The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit targets Emilie Gosline and seeks court orders finding that the Cleon Avenue residence she has owned since May 1988 is a public nuisance and putting a stop to all drug-related activities at the property.
The City Attorney's Office also is seeking up to $1 million from Gosline to recover the cost of bringing the lawsuit, which alleges it is "only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed as a result of the criminal activity occurring at the property."
The home is within a half-mile of Fair Avenue Elementary School and the Victory-Vineland Recreation Center, according to the complaint.
Gosline could not be immediately reached for comment. She lives at the residence and is often there when drug transactions take place and when the LAPD responds to calls at the location, the suit alleges.
According to the complaint, heroin, methamphetamine and other controlled substances have been sold on a regular basis for more than a year from the home, which attracts a "steady streams of drug users and buyers" who "walk, bike and drive up to purchase drugs."
"She has exhibited a maternal tendency toward some of the individuals involved in the narcotics activity," according to the lawsuit.
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During the past year, 18 narcotic-related arrests have taken place "at or connected to the property," including Gosline's arrest in November, the suit states. She was convicted of building violations in January and placed on two months summary probation, according to the complaint.
A deputy city attorney and an LAPD officer met with Gosline in February to discuss ways to put a stop to the drug sales, but she "failed to implement those suggested improvements," according to the suit, which says North Hollywood gang members have been seen lingering at the home.