Big drug bust in Downtown Walnut Creek on Saturday night

July 18, 2011 12:04 pm · 50 comments

On Saturday at about 11:30PM, two Walnut Creek Police Officers were on foot patrol near LIFT Lounge at 1321 Locust Street. One officer noticed two subjects sitting in a parked car just south of the business. The officer contacted the two subjects and almost immediately observed a large amount of suspected narcotics in the vehicle, according to the Walnut Creek Police.

Police also say the driver of the car initially complied with the officer but then suddenly started the car and attempted to flee the parking lot. In doing so the suspect almost struck the officer while backing up. The suspect then tried to drive toward the officer.

WCPD released the following information….

Both officers pointed their firearms at the vehicle and gained compliance from the driver. Both suspects were taken into custody. A related vehicle was discovered nearby occupied by a third suspect.

Inside the two vehicles officers discovered a large amount of methamphetamine (with a street value of approximately $5000), a large amount of cash and smaller quantities of other narcotics. One of the suspects was also armed with a knife.

Arrested were:

  • Arthur Elbert, 36 years old, resident of San Francisco. In custody at Martinez County Jail on $400,000 bail.
  • Jerry Prather, 40 years old, resident of Brentwood. In custody at Martinez County Jail on $80,000 bail.
  • George Christensen, 49 years old, resident of Livermore. Arrested and released on $5000 bail.

Police also say they are investigating links between at least one suspect and a member of the LIFT security staff who was also contacted at the scene.

 

 

1 Ches Cat July 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Don’t these losers EVER stay in their own neighborhoods???????

2 Anon777 July 18, 2011 at 12:37 PM

The 3 Stooges – DOH!

3 Dan July 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Saturday night + night clubs in WC + patrons with lots of $$$ inside the night clubs in WC = what else is new there!!! Like we don’t already know that this goes on all the time.

4 Cindy C July 18, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Tisk…..tisk…..tisk…..

5 anonagain July 18, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Amazing that the security staff (purportedly) is involved with this. Meth provided for customers if they want it?? Some clubs are still dives, even if the address is in WC.

6 mdogg July 18, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Its not about them staying in their areas, its about decriminalizing controlled substances to kill the black markets. These guys are obviously scum bags, but there is a deeper issue here. Why are they coming to WC to buy and sell their drugs? Is there a huge market for meth in WC, apparently there is. When I was a kid growing up in WC, there was a TON of meth on the streets, mostly coming out of…wait for it…Brentwood. It looks as if things have not changed much. The war on drugs is not working and the drug laws need to be changed. We could be saving billions of $ if the laws where changed. Google Portugal’s drug laws.

7 KathiO July 18, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Oh like Walnut Creek is too good for crime??? THis happens every day and night everywhere…..

8 ConcordCatLady July 18, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Why such drastically different bail amounts?

9 Calendar Girl July 18, 2011 at 1:15 PM

How can we decriminalize methamphetamine? It is highly addictive and destroys the brain.. Who could legally sell that garbage? It’s not like medical marijuana; at least pot is actually used as to relieve pain and/or nausea. I would love to stop the drug trade, but not by making meth legal!

10 Duh July 18, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Funniest thing is one guy looks mad as hell. LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11 GoGo Gomez July 18, 2011 at 1:40 PM

TWEEKERS SUCK!

12 Anon July 18, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Cool your knickers KathiO. No one here (yet) said that Walnut Creek is too good for crime. It’s everywhere. You just have to know which rock to turn over and you will find it………

13 ChampagneKitty July 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Nice catch, WCPD!

14 Funny Student@DVC July 18, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Backing over the officer?? They didn’t open fire and save us taxpayers the trouble??

15 Cannibis July 18, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Can’t stand tweakers.

16 jtkatec July 18, 2011 at 2:04 PM

I hope they use those pictures on Match.com to find their true loves………….

17 Downtown WC Nightlife Veteran July 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Some will recall a drug bust in downtown WC a few years ago that uncovered links btw drug dealers and security staff at Tiki Tom’s. I have witnessed a bar security guard in Lafayette START a fight on a slow night. Meth is among the worst substances in our streets. These three stooges were caught being careless. I hope WCPD can catch all the other more discreet meth peddlers.

18 anon July 18, 2011 at 2:22 PM

That one on the left is a little upset I think! :-)

19 Anon2you July 18, 2011 at 2:25 PM

First, Meth should not even be considered in the “decriminalization of drugs” conversation. It is drugs like meth that we need to focus on more, which can only happen if we decriminalize drugs like pot/weed/wacky tabaccy/ganja/shrub or whatever they call it these days. Second, the officers should have definately fired upon the car if they attempted to back over them, assault with a deadly weapon. If those suspects were black I am sure shots would have been fired (BTW I am white so I am not saying that for any other reason than it is true). Plus, I agree that it would save the taxpayers money because at the end of the day these tweekers will be back on the street in no time! We will just cycle them thru the system and next time a cop might be killed! Dead criminals do not become repeat offenders, the just become dead!

20 Babs July 18, 2011 at 2:35 PM

ConcordCatLady, prob because of their involvement….one would been charged with trying to leave and trying to hit a cop. Also their past criminal history could apply.

21 Stay at home mom July 18, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Thanks for the local news Claycord! This is the only place I’ve seen this story. The paper doesn’t really do local stories anymore. Just stuff written in Oakland and San Jose for papers out there. Claycord has become my one stop shop for local stories. Thanks.

22 that sucks July 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM

i hear the older juiced out meathead doorman/bouncer at lift sells cocaine and roids

23 WOW July 18, 2011 at 2:44 PM

WOW — felony drugs in WC…who knew??

24 Toni July 18, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Funny #16. LOL!

25 Dragon July 18, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Good job, WCPD!

26 Lady Britannia July 18, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Whatever happened to just going out for a cocktail and a night of dancing. Meth is the devil and you can’t dance with the devil………

27 keep WC clean! July 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Echo in WC used to be trouble and now it’s LIFT. They go where people have money to buy the junk. Have the Police checked for underground secret rooms in these places? You know that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

28 p.s July 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

the one on the right looks like Pat Burrell of the Giants.

29 The Kid July 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM

@28
A’s fan

30 slagheap July 18, 2011 at 7:05 PM

beware whenever you see the police or civil authorities, especially the DA, estimating or asserting the value or ” street price ” ( ? ) of a drug haul – it’s NEVER, EVER, close to accurate, ALWAYS grossly inflated, sometimes through sheer ignorance, but usually for any future court proceedings, or to comfort the taxpayers, or whatever. meth is absolute poison, and i’m glad the bust went down, but you can bet that $5000.00 worth was a very small amount of dope.

31 Ven Xeter July 18, 2011 at 7:34 PM

It’s time the US follow the lead of some of the more enlightened Asian countries and institute a death penalty for drug dealers. I regularly travel to Asia on business and never come across riff raff like this.

32 Sinn Feiner July 18, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Before I even read anything, you can tell these guys are meth users!!! Meth is probably one of the worst drugs out there on the street. Why anyone would want to put those chemicals in their body is beyond me.

Go to http://www.facesofmeth.us/main.htm and scroll over the mugshots of these people and see what meth really does to you. It’s amazing how that drug ages people so fast!

33 StrixMatrix July 18, 2011 at 8:14 PM

If your going to meet or drive with drugs dont park in Walnut Creek.

34 Shut em down! July 18, 2011 at 8:50 PM

It’s LIFT, it’s VICE Lounge, It’s Redux Lounge, it’s Dans, it’s Crogan’s, it’s Tiki Tom’s, it’s 1515, it’s Masses, it’s 1220 Club, it’s Spoontonics, it’s Masses, it’s WPLJ’s, it’s Stadium Pub, it’s Arties, it’s Mr. Lucky’s- it’s all of them! Shut them all down I say.

35 Thanks July 18, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Only place to get information about what’s going on in Walnut Creek. Thanks Mayor.

36 Todd July 18, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Stay in their own neighborhoods? Because they were invited over to play by the people in your neighborhood…Been waiting for something to go down at this establishment since it opened…. ; )

37 Lee White July 18, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Concord: Giant barrio full of gang bangers, homeless beggars, lousy schools, and run by sleazy car dealers.

Walnut Creek: Pretentious money trench full of foreign-based organized crime, prostitutes with STDs, and run by nightclub owners with ties to said criminals and whores.

Can’t wait ’til Nieman’s opens so the Russian chicks can spend ol’ Vladamir’s cash!

38 ratstalker July 19, 2011 at 2:27 AM

facesofmeth is pretty funny. Too bad you can’t place thumbnail images in posts here, oh well. google methmouth and select images for a fun time.
Here’s one:
http://www.mappsd.org/NewMM-8.jpg The root site is good. I learned a new term: meth mites!

@Shut em down! #34:

Let’s hear it Carry Nation! We all know how well that worked. Meth is a shitty drug, ethanol is not much better, but let’s focus on the problem children rather than the chemical. Prohibition does not work. If you are a problem tweaker, go to rehab or jail. Amphetamines have legitimate use. ADHD is treated with them, the Air Force issues them to pilots.

http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/apj/apj97/spr97/cornum.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20681231

That being said, tweakers are problem children and need to be dealt with as any other criminal. My definition of a tweaker/drunk/addict, is someone who shirks their responsibilities to self, society, and family for the benefit of their drug experiences, and becomes a BURDEN upon us. THEY need to be dealt with. Not the kid skating down the street with a bag of weed in his pocket. He’s probably just going to his job at Olive Garden. The 13 or so drunks of Claycord? Sort of a problem. As long as none of us is jailed when one of them staggers in front of a car. I find them to be a good object lesson to my kids about “Freedom.” You are perfectly FREE to cut school, not work, drink all day, and have no responsibilities, but you have no X box, no big screen, no AC, no iPod/iPhone, Sleep Number bed, or money for Olive Garden.

39 C Money July 19, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Always a good idea to conduct your meth deals during one of the heaviest police activity evenings in one of the most well financed cities only about a mile from the police HQ.

Brilliant guys. Enjoy your time in jail.

40 Question? July 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Anyone notice that Walnut Creek is the “meeting point” between the three freeways from each of their homes? All from different areas of the bay area!

41 John Hemm July 19, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Just looking at them,their sweaty faces,you can tell it’s meth. I have been called for jury duty twice, and sat on a jury for a murder trial for two weeks(it was fascinating to watch our judicial system in action,everyone should do it) Each case involved meth.So sad to see the destruction it has caused.

42 tracer03 July 19, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Anon2you
Because every cop just can’t wait to shoot their first black guy, right?
Clown…..

43 bring back old downtown July 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM

and then there’s Crogans with the underage high school drinking problems.
It needs to go back to the Restaurant it used to be.

44 OH IGNORANCE July 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM

YOU ALL ARE SO OBLIVIOUS TO THE WORLD.. WALNUT CREEK IS INFECTED BY THE SAME DRUG ABUSE THAT ANY OTHER CITY IN THE BAY AREA IS. UNFORTUNATELY DRUG ADDICTION IS THE DISEASE OF OUR TIME AND IF YOU THINK YOUR TOO GOOD JUST KNOW THAT SOMEONE YOU KNOW WILL KNOW SOMEONE OR THEY THEMSELVES IS AFFECTED BY THIS DISEASE. THIS STORY IS MORE SAD THAN ANYTHING AND I JUST HOPE THESE MEN GET HELP AFTER THEIR TIME IS SERVED. DRUG USE IS MORE THAN NO DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO EVERY CRIME COMMITTED THESE DAYS WHETHER ITS POSSESSION OR TRAFFICKING OF THE SUBSTANCE OR ROBBERY OR ASSAULT IN EFFORTS TO OBTAIN MONEY FOR OR THE SUBSTANCE ITSELF. CLICHE OR NOT STAY ABOVE THE INFLUENCE!! AND STOP JUDGING YOU LOOK LIKE IGNORANT IDIOTS!! SHIT HAPPENS GET USE TO IT!!

45 @ oh ignorance # 44 July 19, 2011 at 7:16 PM

@ oh ignorance # 44

George Christensen, is that you?

46 Dennis July 19, 2011 at 7:32 PM

@OH IGNORANCE just above the left shift key is the Caps Lock key. Learn to use it? No one listens when all you do is shout ;)

… as far as decriminalizing (any) drugs, the basic issue is whether or not society can set rules (laws) prohibiting, discouraging, encouraging, or requiring conduct of its individual members. I say yes.

Should we eliminate jaywalking laws, because so many violate them? How about domestic violence?

Should society be able to say who can or cannot marry? Can society say you cannot tresspass, or take someone else’s property?

If criminalizing the supplier doesn’t stop the trafficing, criminalize the user. And while we’re at it, require everyone getting paid by tax dollars (including welfare) to pass random drug tests. You fail, you lose your $$$ from the government.

What’s that? We’d need to build more jails? So what? You’re already spending a fortune on those tweakers on the outside, it would be cheaper to lock them up.

47 Muddhen July 19, 2011 at 7:48 PM

@ oh ignorance # 44

George Christensen isn’t that literate.

oh ignorance is a sloppy bleeding heart liberal. I can tell because the cowardice shows through.

Drug abuse is a choice, just like any other addiction.

The poster could be a girl friend of one of these tweekers though. Certainly is adamant about her convictions. (sounds like a her to me)

48 TinFoiler July 19, 2011 at 8:54 PM

You would have to go after the biggest drug pusher of all time – the CIA.
Do your own research – Drugs aren’t going away, they are the old faithful.
When the public stops fearing Al Queda, the media pimps out the drug stories and people being chopped up in mexico over drugs.
Afghanistan = Poppies, Opium. That’s right, Our Soldiers are fighting for our Freedoms :(
Look up the “Mena Connection” and get back to me.

49 ratstalker July 20, 2011 at 4:01 AM

And BTW, don’t assume my comment previosly is advocating meth use. Meth is a nasty drug. You might as well be snorting Drano. What is in street meth is anyone’s guess short of the maker. I wouldn’t call one a chemist.
And as it gets passed on, more shit goes into it…

Google “krokodil” for another funtime drug

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/krokodil-the-drug-that-eats-junkies-2300787.html

50 not really surprised July 21, 2011 at 3:51 PM

All four are LOSERS!!!!

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