Cops: Elderly Woman's Home Turned Into Drug Den

Six alleged gang members ran a drug den in the apartment of a senile elderly woman, even eating her free senior-citizen meals, police said.

Five adults and a teenager were arrested last week on a variety of charges, including elder abuse (search), and remained in jail Tuesday on $200,000 bail.

The 84-year-old woman's apartment was filled with drugs and crack pipes and the walls were covered with gang graffiti, police said. Lookouts allegedly had helped keep social workers and police at bay for months.

"The house was just a pigsty," Sgt. Marta McDowell (search) said.

The woman, who has since been moved to another home by social workers, once managed the building and befriended the gang several years ago, owner Marino Sandoval said.

"They turned her into one of them — they literally made her like a gang member," he said.