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* Richmond Police Car Chase Stemmed From Drug Transaction

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Seven people were arrested in connection with a drug investigation in Richmond that spurred a car chase across the East Bay Wednesday, a police lieutenant said. During a search of a Richmond home associated with the investigation, police recovered 9.5 kilos of cocaine, one pound of methaphetamine and three firearms, as well as approximately $200,000 in cash, Lt. Bisa French said. Police had been monitoring Miguel Herrera, 29, whom they believed to be selling large quantities of drugs, French said. Officers observed Herrera allegedly complete a transaction with Derrick Jackson, 34, she said.

Both men are from Richmond. When officers attempted to stop Jackson’s car, he took off. French said that officers gave chase, but Jackson was so far ahead that they caught up to him only after he had plowed into four cars in a Pleasant Hill intersection some 20 miles from his starting point. “We couldn’t even get close enough to him to pursue him,” French said. During the chase, Jackson also allegedly threw one kilo of cocaine from his car window, which was recovered by police, French said. Richmond police took Jackson and Herrera into custody Wednesday afternoon and obtained search warrants for two residences — one in San Pablo and one in Richmond.

Early this morning, police served the warrant for a home in the 1500 block of Amador Street in San Pablo, where they located the drugs, firearms and cash. French said the drugs have a street value of nearly $1 million. The other warrant, served at a home in the 2500 block of Duke Avenue, did not turn up any contraband, French said, but police took five other people associated with Herrera into custody for drug-related offenses. Pleasant Hill police received a report at about 3:50 p.m. of the accident involving five vehicles at the intersection of Taylor Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road, Sgt. Tim Frank said. The suspect vehicle apparently hit four other vehicles in the middle of the intersection, Frank said. Three people were transported to a hospital, including Jackson, police said. Frank said that no officers struck any of the vehicles, and French confirmed that none of the officers were injured.

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