Hundreds of law enforcement officers carried out search warrants in several East Bay cities this week and arrested 31 people as part of a crackdown on gang activity in North Richmond, according to the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff.
In the latest operation Wednesday, nearly 200 local and federal law enforcement officers carried out search warrants in North Richmond, Richmond, Hercules, San Pablo, Vallejo and Fairfield.
Along with the arrests, an undisclosed amount of weapons and drugs were seized. Identities of those arrested have not been released.
“This investigation targeted known locations of drug and gang activity,” Contra Costa Sheriff David O. Livingston said in a statement, adding the goal was to “curb violence and enhance public safety in North Richmond.”
The operations come in the wake of two shootings in North Richmond on Oct. 23 that injured three people.
Along with the sheriff’s office, participating agencies included the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, Richmond Police Department, San Pablo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service.
These photos of the operation were provided by the Office of the Sheriff: