LIVERMORE -- SWAT officers descended on a central Livermore home on Wednesday afternoon to serve warrants on gang members suspected of moving from home to home in that area and selling drugs, police said.
Five men were arrested in front of the home in the 1300 block of Olivina Avenue, authorities said. Police closed Olivina Avenue between Andrews Street and North S Street during the raid, which began shortly after 2 p.m. and involved an 18-member SWAT team from Livermore and Pleasanton.
An unknown quantity of methamphetamine was seized at the single-story home in the densely-populated neighborhood.
One suspect, identified by police as 22-year-old Emilio Hernandez, climbed up a tree and onto the roof of the home next door before jumping over a fence. A K-9 unit eventually sniffed him out in a backyard shed, and he was detained by police.
Police were continuing to search the house for weapons and narcotics Wednesday evening; officers had already recovered some stolen property, according to Livermore police Officer Steve Goard. Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and resisting arrest.
Police also arrested Livermore residents Jesus Rodriguez, 27, Juan Delarosa Hernandez, 28, Milton Ramirez, 34, and Josue Vargas, 23, on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. Hernandez also faces a charge of giving a false name to a police officer. Two women were detained during the raid, but police did not arrest them.
Livermore police served another drug warrant on the same group of people Nov. 7 at their previous address in the 1600 block of Chestnut Street, Goard said. At that time, several people also took off from the house both in cars and on foot before being captured and arrested by officers. Eleven people were arrested in that incident, one of whom had a loaded firearm, Goard said.
Two guns were confiscated in that incident, along with drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, Goard said. The residents were evicted from the Chestnut Street residence in April due to the number of crime-related calls to police.
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