Police in California are on the hunt for members of a local gang after they say they’ve begun targeting teens in the area by offering them free samples of cocaine and teaching them how to smoke it.
La Crescenta and northern Glendale police say a Hollywood area gang is swarming the area with the product and providing freebies to eager teens to up their clientele.
The News Press reports that after giving the children the substance, the gang which has not been identified, would reportedly give the kids free lessons.
The free drugs are part of a growing problem in the area. According to police, teens in the area are participating in “cabinet parties” where they raid their parent’s medicine cabinet for prescription pills like Vicodin and Oxycontin, and take them to the party where the pills are dumped into a large bowl and shared.
Gangs are being attributed for the rise in drugs in the La Crescenta and northern Glendale area over the last five years.