News Release
July 11, 2007
Contact: Casey McEnry
Number: 415-436-7994

DEA and Richmond Police Department Target Gang Members
in Operation “Deep-C”
Over 100 rocks of crack cocaine purchased throughout investigation

JUL 11 -- RICHMOND, CA - Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Peña and Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus announce today the arrest of four (4) individuals under Operation “Deep-C”. The arrest of these individuals follows indictments by a Contra Costa County Grand Jury which was unsealed today.

This investigation began in October 2006 after the Richmond Police Department contacted the DEA Oakland Resident Office for assistance in attacking drug trafficking in an area known as the Iron Triangle, particularly the 4 th Street Park, located at 4 th and MacDonald Avenue. Throughout the investigation, law enforcement conducted over 100 undercover purchases of cocaine base, commonly known as “crack cocaine,” from individuals identified and arrested in connection with this operation. The individuals arrested are suspected to be members of the notorious “Deep-C” street gang in Richmond. The “Deep-C” street gang operates in Central Richmond and is known to law enforcement primarily for their propensity for violent crime, in addition to their drug trafficking activities.

“It feels great to rid the streets of violent gang members who exchange bullets today as frequently as I used to trade baseball cards. It serves the community well to gain control over this crack cocaine virus that ruins so many lives.” stated Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Peña.

Law enforcement arrested the following individuals after being indicted by a Contra Costa County Grand Jury, as well as two additional individuals, on various state drug violations:

  • DaNicholas EVANS, 24, of Richmond. EVANS has a prior felony conviction for sales of crack cocaine and a felony conviction for resisting arrest and obstruction of a police officer
  • Robert WILLIAMS, 20, of Richmond.
  • Brandon THOMAS, 22, of Oakland
  • Nathanial CARTER, 22, of Richmond

“These arrests are a result of a successful partnership between the DEA and Richmond Police Department Officers as well as a lot of hard work dedicated to making the Iron Triangle area of Richmond safer for the community’s law-abiding residents,” stated Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus.

If convicted those arrested face terms of imprisonment up to 19 years. The charges are only allegations and the defendants are to be presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office in Contra Costa County. This case is the result of investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration Oakland Resident Office, the Richmond Police Department and generous participation by the Concord Police Department.

The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.