Berkeley Police arrest alleged drug dealer with gun

The 5600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Image: Google Maps

The 5600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Image: Google Maps

An Oakland man has been charged with five felonies after a probation search led to his arrest and the recovery by Berkeley police of a loaded handgun, marijuana and two types of cocaine, all packaged for sale, according to court papers.

On April 8, the Berkeley Police Department conducted the probation search of 35-year-old Terrill Orme at his home and business in the 5600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, less than half a mile from Berkeley’s southern border.

During the search, police said they found Orme in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun, two digital scales, packaging materials, two cellphones and substances that appeared to be marijuana and two types of cocaine — in crack and powder forms, according to court papers.

Police said there were several text messages on the cellphones that “indicate Orme is selling drugs.”

According to prior news reports, Terrill is a barber at the A-Game Cuts Barbershop in North Oakland.

Orme had two prior drug sale-related convictions, and had been sentenced to prison for both.

According to court papers, Orme has been charged with five felonies related to the gun and drugs found during the search.

Orme is scheduled for further pre-trial April 23 at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.

He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $240,000.

Read past Berkeleyside coverage related to drugs in and around Berkeley.

Man tied to Berkeley drug sales charged with 5 felonies (04.03.14)
Berkeley man with violent past chased, arrested, charged (02.26.14)
3 arrested with gun, drugs at Berkeley Marina (02.21.14)
Berkeley police arrest 3 with heroin, loaded assault rifle (01.16.14)
Berkeley men arrested, linked to pills, 26 pounds of pot (12.20.13)
2 charged with robbery after drug deal gone awry (10.30.13)
Police arrest Berkeley man with guns after robbery (10.14.13)

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  • Doc

    BPD is Berkeley’s best government agency, maybe tied with parks.

  • Chris

    The parks are woefully under-maintained with little change in sight unless there are new taxes. BPD wins this race by a landslide…

  • DisGuested

    Are Parks the ones responsible for maintaining all the broken sprinklers I saw shooting water directly up into the air at midday the other day, on the grounds of that lavishly appointed new sports field across from Iceland?

  • bgal4


  • DisGuested

    Thanks. I guess that makes it officially a Lost Cause.

  • guest

    We don’t need new taxes, we need to start forcing city workers to pay into their pensions, stop being so unfriendly to business, and cut the wasteful spending from city hall.

    They take in enough money already. The problem is that they squander it.

  • bgal4

    Agreed, one of my neighbors tried several times to get BUSD to fix broken sprinkler heads flooding the ball field. It should be noted that even on rainy days they operate automatic sprinklers.

  • guest

    During a drought, no less.