Walnut Creek Police Seize Drugs, $1.3 Million From Pittsburg Home

April 24, 2019 19:03 pm · 63 comments

The Walnut Creek Police Department Special Enforcement Team (SET) along with the help of a K9, conducted a search warrant at an apartment complex in Pittsburg, and through the investigation, SET officers located 1/2 pound of cocaine, 1/2 pound of MDMA and 4.5 pounds of Ketamine along with equipment used to manufacture illegal narcotics.

The suspect was also in possession of approximately $1,135,000, which was seized.

The male, a 45-year-old Pittsburg resident, was taken into custody for possession of narcotics for sale and the manufacturing of narcotics.

The name of the suspect was not released.

The arrest occurred in January, but Walnut Creek Police did not release the details until this evening.

KenInConcord April 24, 2019 at 7:10 PM

Woo Hoo!!!! You get a new patrol car! And You get a new patrol car!, and you get a new patrol car!!

Nice job, it’s good to pull all that money and product out of the local drug market!!!!

KenInConcord

Willowpass April 24, 2019 at 9:57 PM

Winners

Anonymous April 25, 2019 at 6:39 AM

One of those situations where $2 million was found but $1.3 got reported. Bonus time

Atticus Thraxx April 24, 2019 at 7:25 PM

No guns?

Shiloh April 24, 2019 at 8:34 PM

Yes, that’s hard to believe …

Rollo Tomasi April 24, 2019 at 10:12 PM

Couldn’t pass the required background check…

me April 27, 2019 at 2:05 PM

…anyone with 1.3 doesn’t need a background check.
Criminals don’t buy guns at gun shops LOL.

AnnieMouse April 24, 2019 at 7:27 PM

Where will that money go, if suspect found guilty, to WCPD SET since they confiscated it, or PPD since in their jurisdiction?

Shiloh April 24, 2019 at 8:36 PM

Hopefully they split it, but I have a feeling Pittsburg may have dropped the ball here. Want to bet they’ve had many calls about this particular person’s suspicious activities?

T April 29, 2019 at 8:50 PM

Seizing agency 74%
District Attorney 10%
Training law enforcement on Asset Forfeiture 1%
25% State of California General Fund

* if there is more than one agency involved tin the seizure then the 74% share is divided amongst them.

https://www.justice.gov/file/968796/download

Brad April 24, 2019 at 7:36 PM

Why not post the address or general location in Pittsburg where this occurred?

Abbie R. April 24, 2019 at 7:54 PM

Read The book “The Scientist” 1987 by Dr, John C. Lilly for information about Ketamine.

collegecollage April 24, 2019 at 8:02 PM

The display work is so tasteful.

WC Resident April 24, 2019 at 9:47 PM

I’m sure police academies have a few weeks dedicated to the feng shui of arranging evidence.

Jojo Potato April 24, 2019 at 10:07 PM

I especially like the fanned out bills. Very stylish.

Meh April 25, 2019 at 4:47 AM

Looks like WCPD is thinking about the ‘gram post.

‘No, spread out the bills more..you want to see Benjamin’
‘Are there any pills? You know, pop of color or something?’

Gittyup April 25, 2019 at 10:38 AM

Yes, indeed! What an exquisite and artistic arrangement of the evidence. I especially like the symmetry of the display counterbalanced by the three fanned $100 bills in the foreground. Excellent! Great police work, too. What more could you ask?

Rob April 24, 2019 at 8:47 PM

Why in the world were Walnut Creek police serving a warrant I. Pittsburg?

B Cause April 24, 2019 at 9:22 PM

It was most likely Walnut Creek’s investigation. When one agency works a case which could lead them to serve warrants in another agency’s jurisdiction, the investigating agency generally executes the warrant, with or without the second agency. They do give that second agency a courtesy heads-up that they will be active in the area though.

KenInConcord April 24, 2019 at 9:06 PM

If Walnut Creek was investigating crimes that took place in Walnut Creek,

And the suspect lived in Pittsburg. Then Pittsburg PD would assist with the Walnut Creek search warrant. I’m not sure where SET task force fits with my above comment.

Jimmyfromdabey April 24, 2019 at 9:10 PM

So they collected 1.3 Mil, Where is that money going? The community? The City? The Police? Schools? Where is the money going WC??

Anonymous April 24, 2019 at 9:30 PM

Damn just let my man make his coin 😤😩😤😩

(On a more serious note, I’m hoping that WCPD actually uses the confiscated money for productive things, instead of unnecessary pay bonuses or a new break room.)

Loretta Sweatt April 24, 2019 at 9:38 PM

Well done! Great job!

Willowpass April 24, 2019 at 9:56 PM

Nice

Jeannie April 24, 2019 at 9:57 PM

The guy clearly was surprised by the raid since he had all that cash on hand. And he obviously was a successful drug dealer. Glad he was busted.

chuckie the troll April 24, 2019 at 10:04 PM

Where did the other $200K go to?

Bad Nombre April 25, 2019 at 7:17 AM

That’s what I want to know!

Frogvoice April 24, 2019 at 10:12 PM

Wow what a haul. These people think they can just operate. Need to be sent a big message. Hope this one was loud and clear. Whoever it was is going away for awhile

Common Sense April 24, 2019 at 10:16 PM

Most criminals who commit crimes in walnut Creek don’t live in Walnut Creek. Any peace officer can serve a warrant in any county in California— and it’s Walnut Creek SET (special enforcement team)- still part of WCPD— it isn’t a task force.

Bob April 24, 2019 at 10:20 PM

Boy, that’s like how much the SF Public Defender’s office burns through on a weekend.

Paula Miller April 24, 2019 at 10:30 PM

Why the hell is everyone so concerned about the confiscated money? Just be thankful that the scumbag is in jail and that the drugs are not on the streets. Way to go WCPD. Thank you!

Gov't Theft April 24, 2019 at 10:50 PM

Nice job, another non-violent offender who’s life is permanently ruined!

In all seriousness, he didn’t have guns, he’s just selling party drugs to consenting individuals. Shame he’s probably gonna serve life. Let’s focus on the problems that are ACTUALLY hurting people.

Reality April 25, 2019 at 9:32 AM

@Gov’t Theft, guess you missed the news about the national Opioid crisis that is killing “Consenting individuals”

Gittyup April 25, 2019 at 10:46 AM

I’ll bet a bunch of women who got Ketamine surreptitiously in their drinks while out somewhere would agree their was no “party” involved.

Govt Theft April 24, 2019 at 10:52 PM

Nice job guys, another non-violent offender who’s life is permanently ruined!

In all seriousness, a non-violent offender selling party drugs to consenting individuals should be able to do so. He didn’t have weapons, he’s just providing access to unreasonably controlled (and demonstrably therapeutic in the case of MDMA and Ketamine) substances.

Dr. Jellyfinger April 25, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Yeah ….. and it’s not like cocaine ever ruined anyone’s life… or caused any drug sale violence or anything else bad…. ever.

Rollo Tomasi April 25, 2019 at 7:33 AM

Right – and I’m almost certain he was checking ID’s to ensure he was only selling to legal adults.

Reality April 24, 2019 at 10:58 PM

Hold on here people. What about the addicts these drugs were intended for. They are the real victims here. Marky Mark’s next town hall will be a “Conversation about providing for Addicts when cruel law enforcement, goes unchecked and enforces the laws”

3c925wood April 27, 2019 at 6:21 PM

Yo Reality, What Was That You Mentioned About Man Know As “Marky Mark”? Cuz He Anybody Has A Bad Word To Say About That Man, They Gonna Have To Deal With Me….

Scrutinizer April 25, 2019 at 3:49 AM

The money gets charged separately ,like it was a person. Civil seizure the money is guilty until proven innocent, thats how that works.

sharon tower April 25, 2019 at 4:55 AM

Good Job!! another scum bag off our streets. But why not release the scumbags name?

Jeff April 25, 2019 at 8:32 AM

Nice work WCPD…..small by my standards, but still nice. LASD 108RS

Steve n April 25, 2019 at 8:56 AM

Will the funds confiscated go towards police hardware .
Guns ,survalance ,equipment Urdan tank etc
Or for drug rehab ,employment training ,subsidized wages to allow higher paying jobs / carrier’s to be offered to addicts and ex felon so they can earn at a wage that will keep them proud of their employment and not return to addictive behavior .
Forward thinking humm

Bob Foo April 25, 2019 at 10:04 AM

Subsidized wages? Get out of here with that commie nonsense.

True April 30, 2019 at 8:58 AM

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Silva April 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM

So, is that what $1,135,000 in hundreds looks like?

BOOYAH! April 25, 2019 at 9:05 AM

Looks like no more than 1/2 mil sitting there on the table. Where’s the other half?

Bill Cutting April 25, 2019 at 9:22 AM

There’s plenty more of them to nab it’s pretty obvious when you see in and out traffic in a house. IRS needs to check houses getting paid off and the person hasn’t had a legitimate job in years I mean cmon now gov you bend us all backwards to pay high taxes here and don’t nab enough dealers who are easy to spot if you wanted. They poison the community no matter how you justify it

Ricardoh April 25, 2019 at 9:39 AM

Good job WCPD. However I wonder do they hire someone to lay out the spoils for photographer. The pyramid is very nice.

gittyup April 25, 2019 at 6:48 PM

An evidence stylist …

Natalie April 25, 2019 at 9:48 AM

While cocaine has no useful medical benefit, both Ketamine and MDMA are being studied to manage anxiety disorders, chronic depression, and autistic disorders. Johns Hopkins has a stash of MDMA that would make the Pittsburg Dealer jealous. Even in the Bay Area there are research studies people can sign up to participate in, if they meet the medical criteria. We are slowly nearing the day when someone with a prescription can go to their pharmacy and buy ecstasy pills.

Street dealers sometimes sell product containing contaminants and additives. Bought off the street, MDMA might have amphetamine or methamphetamine mixed in. So buyer beware. In a regulated market, these drugs could be purchased for medical necessity in their pure form, without contaminants.

Jeff April 25, 2019 at 10:56 AM

Nice try at rationalizing drug use….just say no…….108RS

Dawg April 25, 2019 at 11:20 AM

Natalie, Cocaine is used as an anesthetic.in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) and dentistry.

Steven April 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM

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chuckie the troll April 25, 2019 at 4:35 PM

I’m sure those drug dealers all had a license to practice medicine!

Cowellian April 25, 2019 at 10:36 AM

It will take a while before we see the effects at the local level, but in February, a unanimous Supreme Court dealt a strong blow against the practice of using asset forfeiture to generate income. In the past, law enforcement operated under the assumption that “everything you have” was not an excessive fine. Nine justices apparently disagree.

Silva April 25, 2019 at 1:11 PM

Boo! Seems fair to me. Bad call.

The Mamba April 25, 2019 at 12:03 PM

Hey WPD, I need a loan!

CCC_N8tive April 25, 2019 at 12:23 PM

Wow!
Pittsburg, huh? I wonder…. I wonder…
I wonder if there is a chance this may have been a family member of everyone’s favorite East County property development company.

Dr. Jellyfinger April 25, 2019 at 7:23 PM

Ridiculous! I see no connection.

Anon2You April 25, 2019 at 5:05 PM

I hope they get back to the station with that $1.3 million, errr $1 million, what I mean is that $850,000, and by that I mean $500,000. I mean that $50,000 could be put to good use, I mean it isn’t everyday you get an extra $100, well at least all the drugs, most of the drugs, some of the drugs made it…and the guy is in Jail for a long time, err several years, I mean a few weeks, out by tomorrow…But good job getting that guy…

jeffsterz April 26, 2019 at 9:41 AM

LOL!

Busheet April 25, 2019 at 6:44 PM

Can his customers get a refund?

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