Methamphetamine originating from the notorious Sinaloa cartel in
Mexico were distributed in California by local drug trafficking
organization, including the Urtiz gang in Northern California. Over the
course of the last year law enforcement officials have seized 500 lbs. of
the drug, and arrested 22 individuals linked to the case. (Photo courtesy
of the California Department of Justice/Nick Pacilio)

Drug bust makes ‘huge dent in NorCal meth trafficking,’ – 500 lbs. meth seized

The arrests and seizures were part of Operation Road Trip, a multi-agency, years-long effort led by California Department of Justice task forces, as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including the Richmond...
Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus (File photo by Robert Rogers)

RPD Chief Chris Magnus assists DOJ investigation in Ferguson, Missouri

Magnus was invited by federal officials to “look at protocols, procedures, training and supervision,” will return to Ferguson next month to help complete a report on what the local police can do to reduce deadly...
Richmond Police Officer Anthony Diaz, left, looks at fellow officer Phillip Sanchez's body camera. Sanchez, right, was one of four officers selected to test body cameras for the department before they issue them to all patrol officers. Photo is from an earlier story on police body cameras last year. (Photo by: Kevin N. Hume)

Richmond police one step closer to body cameras

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Richmond City Council whether to spend $85,000 on body cameras for the Richmond Police Deparment. If approved, the cameras will be mandatory to wear during an officer's shift. If approved,...
A view of the Hacienda housing project in Richmond. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

The Hacienda housing project was declared uninhabitable. Why are tenants still living there?

The troubles at the Hacienda housing project were made public in February. The Richmond Housing Authority promised a tenant relocation in April. The initial application was sent in May. It’s now October—and mice still crawl...
Image courtesy of the California Victim Compensation Program.

Local organizations raise awareness about resources for domestic violence victims

At a time when an NFL scandal has propelled the issue into the national spotlight, several agencies and nonprofits are making Richmond a priority for domestic violence intervention. Federal dollars awarded to Contra Costa County...
Attorney John Burris and Rick Perez (left), father of the slain Richard "Pedie" Perez III, announce the Perez family's intention to sue the city. (Photo by Daniela Covarrubias)

Famed civil rights attorney John Burris to sue city and officer on behalf of Perez family

Famed personal injury and civil rights attorney John Burris plans to sue the city of Richmond and Wallace Jensen, the officer who shot and killed Richard "Pedie" Perez III, for wrongful death.
Office Benjamin Therriault

A cop, and resident, of Richmond public housing

Officer Benjamin Therriault moved into one of Richmond’s toughest neighborhoods three years ago as part of the city’s “Police-in-Properties” program. He lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Richmond Village, a low-income housing project that a...