Contra Costa County’s anti-drug efforts were dealt a blow on Wednesday when the head of its drug task force and another individual were arrested on charges of drug sales.

The charges include embezzlement, narcotics sales, and conspiracy. 

From the Contra Costa Times:

The commander of a Contra Costa County drug task force and the head of a high-profile, Concord-based private investigations firm were arrested Wednesday on allegations they conspired to sell drugs, authorities said.

Norman Wielsch, commander of the Central Contra Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team, and Chris Butler, who runs the P.I. firm Butler and Associates, were booked into County Jail in Martinez on Wednesday on scores of suspected offenses including possession and sale of marijuana and controlled substances, embezzlement, second-degree burglary and conspiracy.

Wielsch is being held on $660,000 bail. Butler is being held on $840,000 bail.

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