Police Smash Marihuana Ring

The Times publishes artist Charles H. Owen’s map of the Sicilian invasion. Owens’ artwork is featured in “Nuestro Pueblo,” one of my favorite books on Los Angeles.

July 11, 1943: LAPD officers and state narcotics agents raid an apartment at 3071 W. 7th St. being used as a marijuana distribution center. Authorities confiscated 35 “sacks of marihuana” that were to be repackaged for sale to dealers (price $10 or $134.65 USD 2013).

The “Greatest Generation” paid $1 ($13.47) to $2 ($26.93) for a joint, The Times says.

Notice the mention of LAPD Capt. Francis J. Kearney, future head of the Homicide Division.

Local pianist Zadel Skolovsky will be performing with the Robin Hood Dell orchestra under the direction of Pierre Monteux after winning the the 1943 Robin Hood Dell young American artists’ competition in Philadelphia. Robin Hood Dell was the summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra for many years.

July 11, 1943, Marijuana Ring

3071 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, Calif.
The vicinity of 3071 W. 7th St. via Google Street View.

July 11, 1943, Marijuana Ring

July 11, 1943, Zadel Skolovsky

Here’s Zadel Skolovsky playing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with Paul Paray and the New York Philharmonic in 1961.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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1 Response to Police Smash Marihuana Ring

  1. JAMES says:

    See? Things were better in those days! Joints were only a dollar!


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