Big Drug Bust in N. Concord, Pleasant Hill on Wednesday

May 28, 2014 21:53 pm · 67 comments


The Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI arrested four people during a major drug bust on Solano Way in N. Concord and on Kathleen Dr. in Pleasant Hill on Wednesday, law enforcement sources told

No further information is available at this time, but sources say search warrants related to this case were also served in several other cities throughout the Bay Area on Wednesday morning & afternoon.

The DEA is expected to release more details on Thursday morning.

Thanks to Natalie for the picture.

concord living May 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM

No wonder I’ve been seeing so much policy activity in my neighborhood the last few days

Subterfuge May 28, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Solano? Say it ain’t so!

Elite_Guy May 28, 2014 at 10:05 PM

neither are nice places. mainly PWT there.

Winn May 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM


Candy land May 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Mike Mibach

Concord DEA raid
By Mike Mibach

CONCORD, Calif. —

The Drug Enforcement Administration says at least seven people were arrested Wednesday in cities throughout the East Bay after an eight month investigation into a large scale drug making and distribution operation.

Starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday the DEA, along with assistance from other law enforcement agencies, began executing a number of search warrants. Some of the cities where places were searched include Martinez, San Pablo, Pinole, Pleasant Hill and Concord.

Two 1,200 square foot office units with storage lockers were searched at an industrial park on Solano Way in Concord. Inside, the DEA says it found drugs, drug making ingredients and equipment.

“It’s large. I can’t really go into detail, but it (the operation) goes beyond the Bay Area, said DEA Agent Bruce Goldberg. “And I can’t go into any detail as to what type of drug.”

One source close to the investigation told KTVU the drug at the center of what was found in Concord was Xanax. Tens of thousands of white pills could be seen in large plastic bins being pulled out of one of the office units.

“I’m not surprised,” said Steve Rabinowitz who says he’s had his own company based out of the industrial park for 18 years.

Rabinowitz, whose office is behind the one searched, says he saw nothing out of the ordinary but he says his neighbor did see a number of individuals. “He saw they were over there 24 hours a day and that seemed strange for around here.”

On the office complex sign that lists the names of all the businesses – units two and four were left blank.

Agent Goldeberg called Wednesday’s raid a success, “It’s a constant battle. We feel real good about our efforts to try to reduce the amount of drugs out on the streets that are available for our teens and young adults.”

The suspects arrested are expected to be in federal court Thursday morning in Oakland.

All the details related to the charges, including estimated value of the drugs, remain under seal.

Teacher Wannabe May 28, 2014 at 10:23 PM

I live off solano, usually quiet around here. I guess anything can happen anywhere.

motherof2 May 28, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Good job!

Anon May 28, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Can you say, “Meth lab”? I knew that you could.

ZuZupetals May 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Wondering if this had anything to do with the LARGE police presence and road closure near BALDWIN PARK and BEACH STREET around noon time. Mmmmm?

stinkeye May 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM

have they checked livermore lately?

slagheap May 28, 2014 at 11:48 PM

@Anon – where do you get meth lab? for one thing, meth labs STINK to high heaven and generate tons of fumes & waste, you wouldn’t put one there, okay? anyway, it says they were tabbing up & distributing Xanax…

joe May 28, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Anon where do you come up with meth lab? A source mentions xanex and if it was a meth lab hazmat would be on the scene.

Jennifer May 29, 2014 at 12:06 AM

It was so crazy, I walked out of house to take my kids to school when my street right in front of my house was completely packed with police and swat teams and the road blocked off.

Lando Montgomery May 29, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Lando don’t care what other people do short of harming me or someone else. Manufacturing and selling drugs doesn’t hurt me any

Wow May 29, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Drugs in concord omg I am so shocked. I would of never thought I would hear of a major drug bust in concord.

CatWoman May 29, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Can anything more be expected? What schlubs!

superdump May 29, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Prices on barz are going up!

Totes Magotes May 29, 2014 at 7:30 AM

What a way to start the day! Yes, like a scene out of a movie, there were swat guys all over the place. Very surreal!

PH fan May 29, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Kathleen is not pwt as one poster above said. I know the house and am not surprised. Good riddence! Don’t need that trash here.

YAY May 29, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Yay…Glad these people were busted.

California Nightmare May 29, 2014 at 8:04 AM

As more legitimate businesses are forced out of a California by the far left legislature and governor, criminal enterprises will fill the void.

DeSaulnier and Bonilla – destroying California

So where are the nice places in Concord? May 29, 2014 at 8:22 AM

You really do not hear about to many good things about concord or Antioch!

Hey we have a small drug bust we "MUST" to call a press conference ! May 29, 2014 at 8:31 AM

What a bunch of self indulgent people.

Hey here is a good idea lets make anther law so we can continue to pretend that we are doing something.

FirstW May 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

We live near Kathleen. Sad that this is happening in a nice family friendly community. However in retrospect, it’s sad that people become addicts at all. Addiction can really destroy good families and good neighborhoods.

Pro Fi May 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

@22 – True, because blue collar crime doesn’t happen in Walnut Creek; Alamo or Pleasant Hill…. your criminals go for the big bucks: wire fraud and financial crimes. Maybe our criminals just need more working capital. Wonder if there is a VC in Danville willing to pony up the cash.

Pro Fi = Concord Fan May 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

@ PH fan…. this wasn’t a house, it was two storage units. Read the article and look at the pic.

57 Chevy May 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Book em Danno.

Happy n Concord May 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM

I live in Concord and I say “Time to take out the trash”!!! For those judging us who live here in Concord, what gives you the right? I would personally like to thank our law enforcement agencies for keeping our neighborhoods safe for our families to live in. I am grateful!

Ever notice that Concord is where people are from.. Nobody is going to Concord! May 29, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Concord had better do something or they will become Antioch or Richmond!

skrab May 29, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I live in Gregory Gardens in Pleasant Hill. Kathleen Drive is generally a nice street. I walk my dogs on Kathleen all the time. I have noticed over the past year an unusual group of people coming and going from one of the houses on this street. The house is very modest. Nobody ever sleeps there. There is a fancy Mercedes parked in the driveway when there is someone there and a lot of people come and go. The house doesn’t seem lived in at all.

Cranky May 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

….. and while we’re at it what was up with numerous cop cars AGAIN at the Premier Inn on Concord Avenue last night?

Silva May 29, 2014 at 10:11 AM

#14, that’s pretty short sighted thinking(?).

Thank you, LE!!! Appreciate it.

@27 May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

You read the article (claycord’s). It says Kathleen Drive. That is a residential street–no storage units.

It is not a pwt neighborhood, either. I lived a few blocks west of there. It’s an area with both original homeowners (1950) & younger families. A nice place.

Totes Magotes May 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

@skrab…I think you have the wrong house…I know which one you mean, but that’s not the one that was busted yesterday, it was across the street. I’ve wondered about the one you are talking about too!

@Pro Fi…there were numerous locations that were investigated yesterday, one of which was in a PH neighborhood.

Local Guy May 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Another small business down the tubes…
Thanks Obama!

Idiocracy May 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Xanax? LoL Um why isn’t Weed legal yet here??? but I can go take 8 shots of fireball whiskey ? I don’t know about some of you but pill popping is super lame. #31 There’s crap like that going on all around us and the Law does nothing unless its next to Desaulniers house. It so obvious when you see high end cars and toys but the person has no routine and hordes of visitors. Some of you may turn a blind eye to it but it effects you when your 15 yearold kid starts getting whatever they have. Clean it Up Mr. Concord Mayor its obvious which houses are trouble so go raid them already. Do what we pay you for cause this last bust is just a small window of the traffic in our area

down and out May 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM


“Ever notice that Concord is where people are from.. Nobody is going to Concord!”

No, Concord is a good place to live and shop. Ever heard of the Willows and the Sunvalley Mall?

Rowdee21 May 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

@totes magotes just curious if you know what house was busted….my family just moved from Kathleen dr. I have a suspicion I know which house it is

What security May 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

maybe it was one their own who wasn’t sharing the proceeds?
wait didn’t they already bust him?

anon May 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM

“Lando don’t care what other people do short of harming me or someone else. Manufacturing and selling drugs doesn’t hurt me any”

You do not have a clue – scary that you vote

skrab May 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

@ Totes

I’ll walk by this weekend.

funny man May 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

“Ever heard of the Willows and the Sunvalley Mall?”
yup just about every week, car breakins and muggings, the occasional carjacking

PH Fan May 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

@ Pro Fi – what are you talking about? you read the article….

PH Fan May 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM

@ skrab & totes…walk by…you’ll know…the one without kids and the dogs that aren’t raising hell in the backyard any longer….

Steve H. May 29, 2014 at 12:02 PM

anon #41, Lando probably don’t vote.

Concord sucks...and I told you so May 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

As I have said all along, Concord is the new Oaktown of the east bay.

Post #30 is on drugs... May 29, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Thinking that SunValley and Willows are nice places….LOL!!!

Rowdee21 May 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Lol just watched the news from Wednesday night! That was def our old neighbor!

@skrab May 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

why haven”t you called the police to take a look or keep an eye on it?

The Queen May 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Which house on Kathleen drive?? Anybody know?

down and out May 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM

@funny man #43:

““Ever heard of the Willows and the Sunvalley Mall?”
yup just about every week, car breakins and muggings, the occasional carjacking”

That is true of all shopping centers and every town.


“Thinking that SunValley and Willows are nice places….LOL!!!”

Uhhhh…can you name a better, safer place to shop?

I didn’t think so.

Honestly.... May 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I’m sure other storage units in the area are used for drug trafficking….but houses………..this is what happens when “investors” take over neighborhoods and turn home into rentals. They don’t check people out and could careless what kind of crap moves in. As longs as the rent payments come in they could careless about the kind of people living in the rental unit or the neighbors in the area.

@ Idiocracy #37 May 29, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Raiding of houses in Concord won’t happen. The City Council it affraid of upsetting a “certain” group and have the CPD’s hands tied. So now what will the “non-existant” gangs do since the supply of drugs they were running are temporarily “out of stock”….Not to worry another “storage unit” will be up and ready for them to pick up the supply to distribute in no time….
We need NEW STRONG leadership in this city and we need it fast!!!!

Pro Fi = Concord Fan May 29, 2014 at 1:06 PM

My apologies… yes should have read the article more closely. Stand by my statement however. Concord is a great place to live and I plan on staying for a long time. You all have no clue what it’s like living in “the hood”…. stereotyping abounds ’round here.”

Happy n Concord May 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM

To those pointing fingers at all of us residing in Concord in relation to this bust, if you think this kind of thing isn’t happening in your neighborhood, then you are just ignorant. It’s easier to point the finger at others. Takes away from your problems and issues. At least our town is trying to make things better. What’s your excuse?

skrab May 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM


I haven’t called the police because I haven’t witnessed any criminal activity. I suspect that there may be criminal activity going on, but without more evidence the police won’t investigate.

What security May 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Drugs are not the enemy it’s the people on them.
smoke joint, do a line, have a few shots, throw back a few beers, and puff on a few smokes. If you are lucky you might be able to share them with a few hotties. And play AC/DC

Then grow up, don’t drink don’t smoke and live life like a monk that’s what happened to me. Well not in that order.. I did go to hell and back ;0

anon May 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

LMAO I love how everyone loves to mention how bad concord is….can you all not read??? There was a bust in Pleasant Hill too. hahahahh

Thank You May 29, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Thank You Law Enforcement!!! Great Job!

vanoosh May 29, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I wan’t to hear more on this. Why were you neighbors suspicious? what were the people like at the house? did they look like thugs, or was it the volume of the people that was fishy?

People with College Degree have No Commen Sense May 29, 2014 at 3:02 PM

@ #30, concord is already like antioch and richmond just because it isnt all over the news or claycord does not mean its not going on

Poll May 29, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Choose 1 place to live in the east bay:

Richmond, Oakland, Pittsburg, Concord, San Pablo, Antioch, Milpitas, San Lorenzo, Union City, Newark, Hercules, Clyde

jw May 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Live close by, noticed more police presence on and off the last few weeks.

anonanonagain May 29, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Drugs are a problem everywhere. It’s big business and these lowlifes are profiting big time from people’s addictions. I hate to say it, but sometimes I will see a fancy vehicle with fancy rims and I wonder how certain people can seem to afford these luxuries. Now I know…….

Originally from concord May 29, 2014 at 9:51 PM

I think it’s hilarious that everyone on here is always saying bad things about Pittsburg and surrounding city’s and that is ok but as soon as someone says something about your town you get all Defensive.

There are bad places everywhere it’s part of Being in a society

Crrriiinnnack May 31, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Maybe this is where all those fake bars came from !!

Crrriiinnnack May 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

And this thing happens everywhere . It just depends on who’s telling,

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