Six suspected gang members were arrested Wednesday following a police raid on a drugs-filled Richmond home that has reportedly been a blight on the neighborhood for some time.
At 9 p.m., Richmond detectives with help from a SWAT team executed a search warrant at 118 S. 6th St., near Ohio Avenue, police spokesperson Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.
The home’s six occupants at the time, who authorities claim are members of the Mainline Boyz street gang, were detained. In the home, detectives found 60 grams of methamphetamine, 43 grams of cocaine base and 16 grams of cocaine HCL, which is the powder form of the drug.
The raid occurred following a lengthy investigation into drugs and gang activity at the home, Abetkov said.
Beat officers gathered information from their patrols and spoke with neighbors regarding possible narcotics sales at the residence. Eventually the case was passed along to detectives, who dug deeper and secured a search warrant, Abetkov said.
One of the six suspects, Jason Sherrill, 39, has a prior conviction for murder from 1996. The others were identified as Tatiano Moore, 38; Robby Ross, 40; Willie Featherstone, 43; Lamont Robinson, 43; and Phillip Christian, 21.
All were booked on drug charges and on suspicion of participating in a criminal street gang, Abetkov said.
“Obviously this case is important because these guys have been around for a while; they’ve been in a gang for a bit,” the sergeant said. “Doing this is definitely going to help the neighborhood.”