Narcotics bust nets eight arrests, three from Richmond

Narcotics bust nets eight arrests, three from Richmond

A three-months-long investigation launched by tips from residents of the Coronado neighborhood led to the arrest of eight suspects, including three brothers from Richmond, in connection with a narcotics trafficking network that expanded to Alameda and San Francisco counties, according to Richmond police.

During a police search of the residences at about 6 a.m. on June 5, Richmond police detectives recovered cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine with an overall street value of $90,000, as well as $80,000 in cash, according to Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan.

The main suspects arrested in the trafficking case were identified as Richmond brothers Eduardo Chirinos Viera, 26, Jorge Chirinos Viera, 29, and Julio Chirinos Viera, 33. The case was filed on the suspects with a $1 million bail on each of the brothers, Tan said.

The investigation unfolded when RPD narcotics unit detectives within the Special Investigations Services received tips from residents about illegal narcotics going on at a couple of homes in the Coronado neighborhood. During the investigation, detectives discovered that the narcotics trafficking network expanded to San Francisco and Alameda counties, according to Tan.

RPD detectives worked with SFPD narcotics unit detective and obtained arrest and search warrants.

“With the assistance of the Alameda County Narcotics Task Force, DEA, ATF and the U.S. Marshalls, the warrants were served in Richmond and Oakland that netted 8 suspects involved in the trafficking network,” according to Tan.


  1. Reporting of drug ring arrests of any kind should simply state that they were a result of long and important investigation (if factual).

    There should never be mention whether there were tips or not, or even how you remotely discovered the information.

    This preserves the case and the residents and community as a whole. Consider this carefully, especially if you really want and need help from the community via anonymous tips.

    Lastly, this is a huge win for the community. Families should not have to live amongst such crime and perhaps with time Richmond will have a chance at reducing this element that has plagued their city and forced so many to live amonst the danger that comes along with it. We know with every bust there are more to come, so much recognition is due to the police and provate investigation teams who continue to try to make the city safer.