A case involving alleged police corruption in Contra Costa County has expanded to the San Ramon police department.
San Ramon Police Chief Scott Holder said one of his officers, Louis Lombardi, was arrested Wednesday morning. Lombardi is a former officer of Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team. Holder said they believe that Lombardi is involved in a drug scheme that began to unravel in March.
"We are all saddened by the actions of our officer yet we remain focused on continuing to be the professional organization we have been and will continue to be," Holder said.
In March, three people were accused in a corruption case that included charges of stealing drug evidence and setting up fake DUI arrests.
In March, criminal charges were filed against former Contra Costa County Sheriff's Deputy Stephen Tanabe, former Narcotic Enforcement Team (CNET) Commander Norman Wielsch and private investigator Christopher Butler who investigators claim were all involved in criminal acts.
Chief Holder said Wednesday Lombardi "worked closely with Chris Butler" who is a private investigator involved in the case. He said Lombardi also served directly under Wielsch during his work with CNET. Holder said that at the time of Butler and Wielsch's arrests there was no indication that Lobardi was involved.
Lombardi faces the following charges:
Chief Holder, who is also the chairman of CNET, said at a 5 p.m. news conference that today was a "dark day for the San Ramon police department." He also said that the actions of one should not reflect on his department as a whole.
Lombardi, who lives in Discovery Bay, had his home searched Wednesday after his arrest and remains in jail on $760,000 bail.
A complaint, filed in April, details the allegations like this:
The complaint also states that Wielsch and Butler obtained marijuana from the CNET evidence locker. Then Butler told Tanabe he had steroids or "juice" from Wielsch. Tanabe got steroid samples and a price list, allegedly. Tanabe told an individual they could buy steroids for $80-90, according to the report.
Below is a special report by Jessica Aguirre on a magazine's role in breaking the case.
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