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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 cell phone 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

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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 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 »

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Berkeley Police arrest alleged drug dealer with gun

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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 »

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Man tied to Berkeley drug sales charged with 5 felonies

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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 »

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Parolee hides from Berkeley Police in hole, arrested

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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 »

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Berkeley man with violent past chased, arrested, charged

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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 »

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