SAN LEANDRO (CBS/AP) — A San Leandro vice and narcotics police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony count of transporting and furnishing marijuana for sale, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

Officer Jason Fredriksson, 38, surrendered to authorities at the Hayward Hall of Justice at 12:30 p.m. Friday on a $50,000 warrant.

KCBS’ Susan Kennedy Reports:

District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said prosecutors asked that Fredriksson’s bail be kept at $50,000, but the judge who presided over his brief arraignment hearing lowered his bail to $40,000. The judge’s name was not immediately available.

Fredriksson is scheduled to return to court on June 14 for a pretrial hearing.

San Leandro police said they began an investigation in March when they learned that Fredriksson could be involved in marijuana sales. The District Attorney’s Office assisted in the month-long investigation.

Police said they also are conducting an administrative investigation and reviewing the operations of their vice/narcotics unit.

Fredriksson, who has been with the San Leandro Police Department since 2002, was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, police said. Prior to joining the San Leandro police force, Fredriksson worked for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

“The San Leandro Police Department will not tolerate and deplores the conduct that has been alleged to have been engaged in by Officer Fredriksson,” San Leandro Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli said in a statement. “As an organization, the department takes great pride in professional service to the community and places a high priority on public trust.”

Spagnoli said, “The criminal charges filed against Officer Fredriksson are not consistent with the organizational values and performance of the dedicated men and women of the San Leandro Police Department.”

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Comments (12)
  1. Tours Martel says:

    Hasn’t it been argued that unless we pay our police like princes of the realm that they will go rogue on us? Seems that we now have the worst of both worlds: overpaid and pensioned public servants acting like Al Capone.

  2. RM FULLER says:

    question the individual not the profession! All priest’s don’t molest, all firemen aren’t arsonist’s, all cop’s aren’t criminals and all bloggers aren’t illogical!!

  3. KC says:

    The finest? They behave the same as the trusted “Mexican Federales”

  4. KC says:

    Atleast we know who is responsible for suppling drugs…….. ” The Drug Enforcement Cartel”

  5. whathappened says:

    iIt always makes me wonder about people when they throw away a hundred thousand a year job with a 3 million plus pension. And 6 or 8 week of vacation with full medical.

    1. DaPoPoMan says:

      Your $3 million assumes an annual income in retirement of $100,000 over 30 years. I don’t know too many cops who end up living that long. I can think of quite a few who have died within only a couple years of retiring. So, be more jealous of the fact that quite a lot do not see the fruits of their labor. Full medical? Which departments are still getting 100% of their medical paid, I’ll have to look into lateraling. Most cops pay a portion of their medical now. The days of 100% medical are long gone.

  6. one*eye*open says:

    “Scary” But not shocking……… just business as usual.

  7. Sam says:

    No wonder the drivers here at San Leandro are BAD ASS!!!! Because the police department is corrupt.

    1. TheColdTruth says:

      The reason for San Leandro having bad drivers is more reflected in the demographics. Please refer to the recent census figures.

    2. sam says:

      The terrible noise from those vehicles, wake people up middle of the night. Can’
      t be execuse. Especially the extreme noise of the exhaust pipe of couple of the bad motorcycle riders.

  8. Scott says:

    The SLPD is NOT corrupt. Remember, they arrested the bad cop! If they had ignored or put up with it, then you could say they are corrupt. You think the honest officers of SLPD enjoy this? Geez, people, if you hate cops that’s one thing but be honest about what has really happened here!!

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