California drug chief arrested for drug dealing, extortion

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The commander of the Contra Costa County drug task force and a high-profile private investigator are facing charges on over 25 felony offenses, including selling drugs and other criminal offenses.

The Contra Costa Times reports that Norman Wielsch, 49, commander of the state Department of Justice’s Central Contra Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team, or CNET, and Christopher Butler, 49, the owner of Concord-based Butler and Associates Private Investigations, were arrested Wednesday by federal agents and booked into Martinez County Jail.

The investigation of the two men began in January, and uncovered evidence on possessing, transporting and selling marijuana, methamphetamines and steroids, and embezzlement, second-degree burglary and conspiracy.

Wielsch is the top law enforcement officer of CNET, a drug task force made up of officers from police agencies throughout the county. In his position, Wielsch oversaw thousands of drug investigations in Contra Costa County. He has been with the drug enforcement agency for 12 years.

Butler’s private investigation firm received national attention last year after employing mothers as investigators for their strengths in intuition and persuasion. He was planning a reality TV series called “PI Moms”, according to his firm’s website.

Wielsch and Butler were put under investigation after Department of Justice agents received a tip on the alleged drug activities.

Contra Costa Times

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  1. pauly says:

    …is anyone really surprised..? They make the money in the front and the back, as well as in the middle…

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