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-- December 2015 texts discovered on the phones of Santa Clara Sheriff Deputies.
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February 20, 2011
MARTINEZ, CA -- Contra Costa's top drug officer made bail Friday and was released from custody, a jail official said. Hours after a Contra Costa Superior Court judge reduced his bail to $400,000 from $1 million, Norman Wielsch posted his bond and walked out of County Jail in Martinez. His co-defendant and longtime friend, Christopher Butler, 49, remained in jail on $900,000 bail. Reached at his Antioch home, Wielsch's wife said her husband hoped to tell his side of the story soon.
Contra Costa's top narcotics officer admitted he stole drugs from a county evidence room and drug task force seizures, a prosecutor said Friday, and sold them with the help of his friend, a Concord private investigator. Wielsch admitted he sold several pounds of marijuana and steroids from CNET seizures, earning up to $5,000 at a time, Fernandez said. From one seizure, Wielsch took a pound of methamphetamine and sold it at Butler and Associates, Butler's private investigative firm in Concord, the prosecutor said in court. In another instance, Wielsch pretended he had dumped seized methamphetamine in a landfill but in fact sold it for $10,000, taking half the money, Fernandez said.
Both former Antioch police officers -- who could each spend more than 25 years in prison for the 28 felonies detailed in a complaint -- hid from view during the proceedings, hunkering down in their yellow jail jumpsuits behind columns in the courtroom holding cell.
"We would really love to talk to you guys, but we've retained the services of an attorney and he's advised us not to," Wielsch's wife said Saturday night. "If we could talk to you, we would."
Wielsch, the 49-year-old head of the state's Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), and Butler, a Concord private investigator, were arraigned Friday in a Martinez courtroom, but entered no pleas. Both are charged with 28 felonies, including conspiracy, drug sales, drug transportation and possession, and could spend more than 25 years in prison if convicted.
Both former Antioch police officers were arrested Monday in Benicia after a monthlong Department of Justice investigation. The two are scheduled to return to court March 2, 2011 and enter pleas.
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