Tag Archives: Drugs in Berkeley
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 »
A Berkeley teenager is facing two felony counts after authorities say he robbed a 31-year-old Davis woman during a drug deal in Berkeley involving medical cannabis.
Jerrone Horn, 19, was arrested Dec. 5 at his home in the 1300 block of Delaware Street after police tied him to the crime using a telephone number.
According to court documents, on Nov. 16, a victim reported being robbed by people with a gun at Allston Way and Bonar Street shortly before 7 p.m. The suspects had responded to a Craigslist advertisement related to the sale of medical cannabis.
The victims — a man and woman — initially reported the loss as an iPhone because they were afraid of getting in trouble for selling marijuana, authorities said in court papers, “but felt obligated to report the fact that the suspects were robbing people with guns.” … Continue reading »
The Alameda County district attorney’s office has charged two Richmond men with robbery after they allegedly stole marijuana from a third man during an attempted drug deal near the Berkeley Pier, according to court documents.
The robbery took place Oct. 4 when the three met up for the deal, which had been arranged in advance by phone, according to authorities. During the deal, one of the buyers, later identified as Jamon Baptiste Ward, grabbed the marijuana from the seller while the other buyer, identified as Cortez Barber, “simulated a gun underneath his shirt,” police said.
The seller backed away and the duo fled in a vehicle from University Avenue and Seawall Drive, where the meeting had taken place. Police said the seller took a photo of their license plate as they drove off at 5 p.m.
Police said Ward’s cell phone number matched the one used to arrange the deal, and that the vehicle used in the getaway was registered to Ward’s mother. … Continue reading »
A man fingered in a photo line-up as responsible for a robbery in Berkeley in late August has been charged by the Alameda County district attorney’s office with four felonies and a misdemeanor, according to court papers.
In a document related to the arrest of Keith Deon Golson on Oct. 3, police said Golson was identified as the man responsible for an Aug. 30 robbery in Berkeley of a pedestrian with a cell phone.
Police later obtained a search warrant for Golson’s home, in the 1800 block of Woolsey Street, and said they located the jacket he allegedly wore the night of the robbery. Police found 13 individually-wrapped pieces of suspected cocaine base for sale in the living room, along with a used razor blade and unused packaging material, as well as a cell phone and $105 in mixed bills. … Continue reading »
Earlier this month, Berkeley Police detectives arrested two felons in Oakland and confiscated drugs, packaging materials and loaded handguns, according to court documents obtained by Berkeleyside this week.
On Oct. 1, police served a search warrant at the home of Cynthia Simmons and Kevin Franklin in the 1100 block of 34th Street in West Oakland.
Police said they recovered suspected heroin packaged for sale, two loaded handguns — a Colt .32 revolver and a Glock pistol — and packaging materials at the residence. … Continue reading »
A man arrested in South Berkeley earlier this month — who police say had cash, a digital scale, marijuana and a loaded handgun — is scheduled to enter a plea in an Alameda County courtroom next week.
Melvin Lugene Holman, 20, of Fresno, was driving through Berkeley, in the 1500 block of Oregon Street, in a white Mercedes on May 23 when a Berkeley Police officer stopped him shortly before 7 p.m. in connection with “vehicle code violations,” according to court documents.
The officer, Kevin Kleppe, wrote in one of the documents that he smelled marijuana coming from the Mercedes during the traffic stop, which led to a search. Kleppe said he found a glass jar holding 6.81 grams of marijuana, as well as “two I-phone cell phones (containing text messages indicating that Holman was selling marijuana), a digital scale with marijuana residue on it, packaging materials, and a loaded SIG Sauer semi-automatic handgun.” … Continue reading »
Berkeley Police officers have arrested an Oakland man with three prior convictions after finding him with dozens of ecstasy pills, a loaded stolen handgun, marijuana packaged for sale and six altered credit cards, according to court documents.
Police arrested Jamar McClain, 31, on Feb. 1 after executing a search warrant and probation search at McClain’s home in Oakland.
A Berkeley Police captain declined to comment on exactly what led the agency to arrest McClain, but said criminal investigations in Berkeley often lead investigators outside the city limits.
“I’d like to make it really clear that Berkeley crimes drive our investigations, regardless of where we end up,” said police Capt. Andrew Greenwood, via email. … Continue reading »