San Ramon Police Officer Arrested In Drug Probe

SAN RAMON (CBS SF) — A San Ramon police officer was arrested Wednesday morning for a number of crimes related to the activities of a Contra Costa County drug task force, police said.

Officer Louis Lombardi was arrested at 9 a.m. on suspicion of possessing stolen property—including guns, identification and illegal drugs.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Lombardi also faces charges of being an accessory, conspiracy, grand theft of weapons, and possession of an illegal assault rifle, according to police.

San Ramon police said some of the crimes are related to the Central Contra Costa County Narcotics Task Force, or CNET.

Lombardi’s arrest follows the arrest of former CNET commander Norman Wielsch, former Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy Stephen Tanabe, and private investigator Christopher Butler.

All three men are former Antioch police officers and were all named in a 34-count criminal complaint.

In March, Wielsch and Butler, both 49, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy; selling methamphetamine, marijuana and steroids; and possessing methamphetamine, marijuana and steroids for sale.

Butler is suspected of coordinating the sale of drugs that Wielsch allegedly took from law enforcement evidence lockers, attorneys said.

Tanabe was allegedly involved in steroid sales, according to court records.

Tanabe and Butler have also been accused in a “dirty DUI” scheme, in which Butler hired attractive women to convince men to drink at bars and then follow the women home. Butler would then allegedly call Tanabe, who would have the men pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence.

Police started to investigate Lombardi, a former officer on the task force, on March 15, when police became aware of his alleged involvement in the criminal activity associated with the task force, police said.

Officers issued a search warrant at Lombardi’s home this morning after his arrest. He has since been placed on administrative leave, police said.

San Ramon police do not suspect the involvement of any other officer assigned to CNET, police said.

Lombardi was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility and his bail is set at $760,000, police said.

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  • genomega1

    The US has been flooded in billions in drug money how can anyone expect a normal person struggling to pay their bills and raise their families to be immune to making more money in one day then they could make in 20 years on the job?

    • Dave

      Do you know how much cops make? They can hardly be called poor. Pigs, yes. Poor, no way.

      • JR

        Hope you don’t need to call one soon.

    • !

      You’re an idiot, not everyone is a crook.

      • John

        Who said cops were crooks? They’re just pigs for hiding behind a union to scam the system.

  • Tom K

    Cops are not “normal” people when they break the law. This sounds like an organized effort to profit from the disease of someone else. By the way, cops in California cities are usually well compensated. I would bet the rest of the Antioch police force is ashamed and very upset with these criminals.

  • Dsa

    What’s good for Berkeley is good for Antioch. What’s the big surprise?

    • "Tommy"

      I remember when I was growing up as a kid to look at police officers as an example. Now look at the corruption that is taking place. Next time you drive around and see a cop driving. I’m willing to bet that 90% are talking on their cell phones while driving. Cops cant be trusted anymore. Not all cops are bad, but it takes one rotten apple to spoil the batch.

  • Mogran

    Cops are allowed to talk on their cell phones Tommy because they are emergency personale. Fire fighters and ambulence personale are also allowed to talk on their cell phones while driving. This is hardly the world falling apart. Also my husband is a police officer and I can tell you he doesn’t make a ton of money. That is a fallacy created by politicans during this recession to take pensions and benefits away from public employees.

    • John

      Let’s face it, cops are not as they used to be. They are more interested in padding their stats to legitimize their overtime, compensation, and union membership. Imagine if they legalize marijuana; crime stats would drop dramatically thereby reducing the need for such a large police force. But police unions are engaged in promoting the fear factor to protect their membership. Indeed, it’s all about stats.

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