8:20 p.m. update. Here's information provided by the Livermore Police Department. View the initial Patch breaking news report at the bottom of this article.
On November 7th, 2012 approximately 4:30 p.m. the Livermore Police Department’s Special Operations Unit in conjunction with the East County Tactical Team executed a narcotics search warrant in the 1600 Block of Chestnut Street in the City of Livermore.
The warrant resulted from an investigation concerning drug use and drug sales associated with the target residence. The Tactical Team use resulted from information concerning the residence being used as a sureno gang house with firearms readily available.
During the execution of the warrant, several people fled from the residence in both vehicles and on foot. Officers quickly apprehended those persons along with several people inside the residence. One subject physically resisted officers and was later found to have a loaded firearm concealed on his person. A total of eleven people were detained as a result of the warrant and a total of ten arrests were ultimately made. Two firearms were recovered. The arrests included: possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest. All arrested parties were transported to Santa Rita Jail and booked on their individual charges. Chestnut Street between N. P. Street and N. O. Street was closed by traffic officers to ensure the safety of Livermore citizens.
The Livermore Police Department would like to again remind our citizenry we are involved in the community, proactively addressing community complaints, and open to current and new partnerships. You can assist us in keeping this a safe environment by forming a partnership with your police department in the following ways:
- Providing information on criminal activity to the Livermore Police Department’s tip line at (925) 371-4780. Please provide as much information as possible to include: license plate numbers / vehicle descriptions, residence addresses / descriptions, suspect information, and a call back number. Callers may remain anonymous, but by doing so, it should be understood that solving problems becomes more difficult. Please do not use this number to report crimes in progress, emergencies, or when you require a patrol officer response.
- Forming a Neighborhood Watch by contacting Nicole Aguon at (925) 371-4978. The Neighborhood Watch groups are a great way to get to know your neighbors and to be further engaged in the happenings in your community. These groups work closely with the Police Department in addressing issues and solving problems.
- Be vigilant and report suspicious activity to the police department either through our non- emergency number at (925) 371-4987 or through 911 (emergencies / crimes in progress). Although Officers actively patrol, we rely heavily on community members reporting crimes in progress and suspicious activities within their neighborhoods.
Original Patch post:
Police are searching a suspected drug house on the 1600 block of Chestnut Street, near North P Street.
At around 4:30 p.m. a police SWAT team executed a search warrant at the residence, Livermore Police Officer David Blake said.
Police say drug use and sales have occurred at the residence, and that gang members have been seen frequenting the home.
As of 4:45 p.m., 11 people associated with the search have been detained by police. Methamphetamine and a firearm was also recovered during the initial investigation, Blake said.
The area from North P and North O streets remain blocked as police continue the investigation.
Livermore Patch will update this story as more information is made available.