Richmond detectives arrested four men and seized half a dozen semi-automatic firearms and a grenade launcher Thursday night after observing suspicious activity in the city’s Blackwell neighborhood, police announced Friday afternoon.
Two detectives assigned to a First Precinct specialty unit designed to combat violent crime detained four men, and a subsequent investigation yielded an undisclosed amount of narcotics, cash and six firearms with extended magazines and the grenade launcher.
The names and booking photos of those arrested were not immediately released due to what police described as the ongoing nature of the investigation.
But police said two suspects are from North Chesterfield, one lives in Chester and the fourth resides in Richmond. All are adult males. Their charges include carrying a concealed weapon, possession of an extended magazine, possession with the intent to distribute narcotics, possession of a firearm with drugs, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
“Richmond police officers and detectives are working with tireless determination to patrol all corners of the city, conduct investigations, make arrests and drive down incidents of violent crime,” Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith said in a statement. “With this excellent work, detectives with the First Precinct Focus Mission Team have helped to make Richmond a safer city.”
Smith said “we can all do our part” and urged residents who know someone who is illegally possessing a firearm to call the GUN250 program at (804) 780-1000. “You can earn a reward of up to $1,000,” the chief said.