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Gun Cache Seized From Skid Row Hotel

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at 08:35AM
LAPD Gun Seizure Courtesy LAPD

Two shotguns and a stolen handgun were among five weapons seized last Friday from a man living in Skid Row's Southern Hotel. Police arrested Jimmy Joe Dukes, 55, after searching his room for drugs that he was believed to be dealing out of the space.

Along with the weapons, they found residue of cocaine and marijuana, a scale and baggies for selling the drugs, ammunition for the guns, brass knuckles, and over $800 cash.

Dukes has a history of more than two dozen arrests -- including for assault, drug dealing and gun possession -- but his only felony conviction was a 2004 case for welfare abuse.

“Arrests like this one are important and emblematic for two reasons,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of Central Detective Division. “These arrests throw criminals’ guns into a hole, never to see the light of day; and they truly show the term ‘non-violent’ offender is a misnomer.”

The District Attorney’s office has filed four counts against Dukes related to firearms possession, including one of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun. He was also charged with one count of possession of cocaine for sale. Dukes’ bail was set at $105,000.

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