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Police search nets arrest, stolen gun, cocaine for sale

Police arrested an Oakland man linked to cocaine and a stolen gun on East 17th Street near Seventh Avenue. Image: Google Maps
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Berkeley police arrested a two-time felon in Oakland after searching his home and vehicle and finding 4 ounces of crack cocaine packaged for sale, a stolen loaded gun and nearly two dozen fraudulent debit and credit cards in a hidden compartment.

During the search, which happened April 27, police also recovered more than $7,000 in cash, two digital scales, unused packaging, 12 altered gift cards, a card embosser and a card encoder, according to court documents.

Police searched the person, home and vehicle of 34-year-old Leon Johnson in the 600 block of East 17th Street in Oakland.

According to court papers, a search of Johnson’s cell phones led to the discovery of a text message “indicating that he is selling narcotics.”

The day after the search, police seized another $28,000 from Johnson’s bank accounts. … Continue reading »

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3 arrested, guns and meth found, in West Berkeley raid

Police recovered these items during an operation Thursday at Juan's Place in West Berkeley. Photo: BPD
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[Editor’s Note: This story was updated after publication with comments from Juan’s Place and additional information from the Berkeley Police Department.]

Three men were arrested during a narcotics operation at Juan’s Place in West Berkeley on Thursday morning.

Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman, said the department’s Special Investigations Bureau “recovered several handguns, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, as well as a quantity of methamphetamine.”

White said he couldn’t share much information about the investigation, which took place at 941 Carleton St., because it remains in-progress.

That address is the location of popular Berkeley Mexican restaurant Juan’s Place.

White said three Berkeley men were arrested: 51-year-old Jorge Mejia, on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, both felonies; 61-year-old Juan Mejia, on suspicion of possessing controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, which are misdemeanors, along with probation violation; and 57-year-old Oscar Medina, on an outstanding warrant.

According to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s office, Jorge Mejia is an assistant manager at Juan’s Place, where the raid took place. Juan Mejia is listed as a restaurant employee. Both were booked into Berkeley Jail on Thursday.

Tony Mejia, manager at Juan’s, said the guns had been locked up in a safe and were not accessible to his brother, Jorge. He said their father had purchased some of those guns 30 years ago from a Berkeley Police officer, and that they had just been sitting in the safe ever since.

“I’m not a gun person,” he said. “They’re still in the box where my dad purchased them. We’re not doing those kinds of things here.” … Continue reading »

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Man charged with human trafficking, drug sales, hammer assault after Berkeley car stop

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A Lafayette man police say strangled a woman and hit her with a hammer, then tried to force her into prostitution, has been charged with human trafficking after he was stopped by a Berkeley police officer in late June.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office has charged Michael Green, 41, with six felonies: human trafficking for commercial sex, attempted soliciting for a prostitute, assault with a deadly weapon (a hammer), resisting the efforts of an officer, drug possession for sale and transportation of drugs for sale.

Green remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $315,000 and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, July 14.

An officer stopped Green as he drove through Berkeley in a black Mercedes on June 26, in the area of San Pablo and University avenues, after he failed to obey a traffic signal at around 3:30 p.m., according to court papers.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police seize guns, pot, pills in felon search

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Berkeley police serving a search warrant at two homes linked to an Oakland felon last week turned up more than a thousand Xanax and Viagra pills packaged for sale, along with both marijuana and methamphetamine, and several firearms.

Police ultimately arrested 32-year-old Kaechan Saechao after discovering those items during the April 1 searches.

According to court papers, a Berkeley Police detective served search warrants April 1 at two East Oakland apartments linked to Saechao.

During those searches, in the 2900 block of Nicol Avenue and 2200 block of East 17th Street, police said they found 349 Xanax pills and nearly 1,200 Viagra pills packaged for sale, as well as 156 grams of methamphetamine and 1.5 pounds of marijuana.

According to court papers, police recovered one loaded handgun and three unloaded revolvers, as well as $2,500 in cash, digital scales and more packaging materials. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police recover loaded firearm, 9 ounces of pot during bust of 13-time felon

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A man with 13 felony convictions dating back to 1978, who was stopped by police recently while driving in Berkeley, has been charged by the Alameda County district attorney’s office with three new felonies related to firearm possession and drug sales.

A woman with him in the car has been charged with possession of marijuana for sale, and also with the fraudulent possession of the personal information of 10 people.

Calvin Phelps, also known as Eli Washington, and Maridena Wilson, 44, were stopped by Berkeley police Sept. 4 at San Pablo Avenue and 67th Street just before 10:20 p.m.

According to court papers, police smelled marijuana in the vehicle. During a search, they found nearly 15 grams of suspected marijuana, along with a digital scale and more than 100 sandwich bags, which can be used in drug sales.

Police obtained a search warrant for Phelps’ apartment, on Tyler Street in Berkeley, and recovered a loaded firearm, and 9 ounces of suspected marijuana packaged for sales, as well as 14 fake or fraudulent credit cards and 10 driver’s licenses with Wilson’s photograph on them. … Continue reading »

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Drugs, guns seized during 2 CHP arrests in Berkeley

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Two vehicle stops in Berkeley, near Gilman Street on Interstate 80, early Wednesday morning led to arrests and the seizure of weapons and drugs, authorities reported.

The Oakland CHP said “quite a bit of contraband” was recovered during the stops. Two men were arrested in separate incidents.  … Continue reading »

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Man with crack cocaine in mouth arrested by police

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An Oakland man arrested last week by Berkeley Police officers had 20 individually wrapped pieces of what authorities believe to be crack cocaine in his mouth at the time of his detention, according to court papers.

Berkeley Police officers served a search warrant at the man’s West Oakland home Sept. 3 shortly before 11 a.m. Around the same time, they detained 46-year-old Ronald Major about 3 miles away near the MacArthur BART station in Oakland.

According to court papers, Major had more than 4 grams of cocaine, including packaging, in his mouth when he was arrested. Police said he also had a cellphone in his hand “with text messages indicating narcotics sales.”

At Major’s home, police said they recovered a digital scale and suspected cocaine residue, used and unused packaging material, $270 in cash, a stolen loaded revolver and a bottle of suspected liquid morphine with the name torn off the bottle. … Continue reading »

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3 busted in Berkeley with firearms, marijuana for sale

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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 »

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Felons face drug, weapons charges after Berkeley arrest

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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 »

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Police: West Berkeley fire caused by hashish operation

One man was taken to the hospital for treatment after a fire in West Berkeley on Tuesday night. Photo: Jef Poskanzer
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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 »

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Police arrest 3 after People’s Park drug deal

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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 »

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Berkeley Police nab convicted drug dealer with gun

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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 »

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Oakland woman faces cocaine, meth, gun charges

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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 cellphones.

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 »

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