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Tag Archives: Drugs in Berkeley
Police arrested a man and two teenagers last Friday night after finding a stolen handgun, a second firearm and a large amount of marijuana in their car during a traffic stop south of the UC Berkeley campus.
Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said officers conducted a vehicle stop shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Haste and Dana streets.
“As they approached the vehicle they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment,” she said via email. “They also observed a bag of marijuana on the floor board in plain view.”
Police searched the driver, 20-year-old Ivan Mendoza of Oakland, and found bullets in his pants pocket, according to Coats. … Continue reading »
A Berkeley man is facing five felony counts after a probation search by Berkeley Police detectives turned up illegal drugs and four shotguns at his South Berkeley home, according to court papers.
And a man identified by police as an upstairs neighbor of his is also facing a weapons charge in connection with the case. Both men, Naeem Perry and Kahn Williams, are set for a pre-trial hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Both men are convicted felons and no longer in custody, according to authorities. … Continue reading »
A small fire at a West Berkeley business on Tuesday evening, which sent one man to a burn center for treatment, appears to have been caused by a hashish production operation, police said Wednesday.
Very little information was available from authorities, but Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, said via email that officers responding to the fire Tuesday discovered an illegal marijuana grow and hashish production operation on-site. … Continue reading »
Two men have pled guilty and a third is set to appear in court next week after police say they sold drugs to a teenage girl at People’s Park earlier this month.
According to court papers, undercover University of California police officers watched the girl meet up in the park with 43-year-old Marty Rickard at about 2 p.m. on May 8. Rickard introduced the girl to 26-year-old Justin Martin of Oakland.
The trio then walked over to a van parked at Dwight Way and Regent Street, where officers said the girl gave $20 to Martin, who gave it to a man sitting in the van’s driver’s seat, who was later identified as 54-year-old Gregory Pilling of El Cerrito. … Continue reading »
A convicted drug dealer with multiple Berkeley Police contacts has been charged with three felonies after a search of his motel room by police in April turned up a loaded revolver, cocaine packaged for sale, and other items associated with drug sales.
Police tried to stop and search the man in Berkeley in January, but he sped off in his BMW, hitting 70 mph, according to authorities. In the interest of safety, officers decided not to chase him at that time, but he remained on their radar.
Dounte Love, also known as Dejuan Jones, was arrested April 23 at the Bay View Motel, at 864 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland, during a warrant and probation search by Berkeley officers.
Police said in court papers that they found an unregistered, loaded .38-caliber revolver, two baggies of suspected cocaine, a digital scale and packaging for drugs in the motel room. … Continue reading »
An Oakland woman has been charged with four felonies after her arrest last week by Berkeley Police officers in connection with a loaded handgun and suspected cocaine and methamphetamine for sale that were found at her home.
Berkeley Police detectives served a probation search warrant at the home of Anita McBroom, a convicted felon, in West Oakland on May 14.
According to court papers, they recovered a loaded 9mm handgun, suspected crack cocaine and methamphetamine packaged for sale, other packaging materials, two digital scales and two cell phones.
Police said they found text messages on the phones that “indicate McBroom is selling drugs.”
According to court papers, McBroom admitted to selling methamphetamine and crack cocaine after she was Mirandized. … Continue reading »
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. … Continue reading »
An Oakland man with 12 prior felony convictions has been charged with five more, related to drug sales and gun possession, after his arrest by the Berkeley Police Department in late March.
Arage Hayes, 51, has been charged with possession for sale of cocaine base and powder cocaine; possession of a controlled substance with a firearm — a Bryco Arms 9mm; possession of a firearm by a felon; and the obliteration of the identification number on the firearm.
According to court papers, Berkeley Police officer Christopher Bonaventure served a search warrant for Hayes at his home in the 1100 block of 24th Street in West Oakland in October.
Hayes was not home during the search, but police said they found cocaine base and powder cocaine packaged for sale, a fraudulent credit card and an unloaded pistol that had been hidden inside a jacket. The serial number of the gun had been filed off, according to court papers. … Continue reading »
A convicted felon who fled from police during a traffic stop in West Berkeley on Thursday night has been arrested on suspicion of a range of violations, including drug possession for sales and carrying a loaded firearm in public, authorities said.
Rashee Domorris Alexander, 26, of Berkeley, was found hiding in a hole in a parking lot during the subsequent police search. The same man was arrested last year after fleeing from police near Ashby BART and ditching a gun along the way, authorities said at the time. (Berkeley Police subsequently described the hole as “a drainage pipe.”)
Two Berkeleyside readers noted a heavy police response Thursday night, including “patrol cars screaming at top speed,” with sirens blaring, south on San Pablo Avenue. Another reader reported “over 15 police cars with sirens, lights and all,” as well as helicopters overhead on Ashby Avenue west of San Pablo. … Continue reading »
A man with a violent past in Berkeley has been arrested and charged with four felonies after escaping from police officers during a foot chase near his home on Russell Street in December, according to court papers.
In a document related to the arrest of 25-year-old Terryl Rucker, authorities said two officers tried to speak with him and another man, Ronald Lewis, during a narcotics enforcement investigation Dec. 20, 2013, in the 1600 block of Russell in South Berkeley. … Continue reading »
Berkeley Police officers arrested three men, including two felons, with a loaded firearm after finding one of them smoking marijuana in a stolen car at the Berkeley Marina earlier this month.
Police conducting a security check at the marina on Feb. 11 found Deangelo Porter, 25, sitting in the driver’s seat of an SUV parked at the marina smoking marijuana, according to court records.
Officers then conducted a narcotics investigation of the car, and found it to have been reported stolen from Hertz Rent a Car in Alameda.
Officers placed all three men in handcuffs, and searched the vehicle.
According to court papers, they found 12.7 grams of suspected marijuana, three “edible” marijuana packages and three bottles of promethazine codeine, with the labels ripped off, in the vehicle. … Continue reading »
A recent Berkeley Police Department probation search in Oakland netted heroin, counterfeit money, cocaine and two firearms, one of which was an assault rifle, and the other of which was a handgun that had been reported stolen in Vallejo, according to court documents.
On Jan. 3, Berkeley officers served a search warrant in the 9800 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland at the apartment of Javon Coggins and Yasmine Johnson. They also served a probation search of Heshimu Courtney, who was inside their home when police arrived.
Inside the apartment, police found a loaded black assault rifle, an unloaded Phoenix Arms .22 caliber handgun, and .44 grams of loose suspected heroin, according to court papers. The handgun had been reported to the Vallejo Police Department in 2012 as stolen. … Continue reading »
According to court documents, a traffic stop Dec. 3 was the beginning of an investigation that ultimately uncovered more than 500 prescription pills and 17 pounds of marijuana in a home in the 2200 block of Sixth Street, along with another nine pounds of marijuana discovered during the vehicle stop.
At approximately 5:45 that night, Berkeley Police officer Chris Flores wrote that he stopped Joshua Carl Hamburg, 22, after seeing him run a stop sign at Seventh and Hearst streets. During the stop, Flores said he smelled “a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.”
He asked Hamburg about the smell “and he showed me a bud of marijuana that he had on top of his middle console,” wrote Flores. … Continue reading »