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SAN PABLO POLICE – MAY 4

Posted by xaviervir on May 5, 2011

Major Contra Costa meth ring bust

By Robert Salonga
Contra Costa Times

Posted: 05/04/2011 07:46:09 AM PDT Updated: 05/04/2011 05:32:25 PM PDT

Click photo to enlarge  U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag speaks during a press conference Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in San Pablo…

SAN PABLO — Investigators dismantled an extensive gang-operated methamphetamine ring centered in Contra Costa County and spreading across the entire Bay Area, indicting 17 defendants, authorities announced Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag led a news conference at San Pablo City Hall highlighting the results of the two-year investigation, dubbed Operation Red Reach, that seized an estimated $7.1 million in crystal methamphetamine and dealt a blow to a sizable drug-trafficking operation orchestrated by a street gang lieutenant.

“These are extremely dangerous and ruthless individuals,” said Larry Wallace, law enforcement deputy director for the state Department of Justice.

San Pablo police spearheaded the investigation that grew to include state and federal agents.

“This began as a grass-roots local investigation,” said Chief Walter Schuld. “We knew this was going to have a lasting effect.”

The defendants are Joseph Abbate — described as a gang leader — Sean Beckett, Mark Bruno, Reginald Carter, Tom Cordova, Billie Dempsey, Edward Espiritu, James Esver, Michael Lawrence, Honorato Padilla, Deonzelle Pierce, David Reams, Gary Rondeau, Ramon Rubio, Michael Sanchez, Magen Schwartz and Juan Lopez.

Everyone but Schwartz, the lone female defendant, is in custody, Haag said. She is being sought by authorities.

The defendants reside in San Pablo, Richmond, El Sobrante, Hercules, Pinole, Rodeo, Martinez and Antioch. Schuld said all of them are either gang members or associates.

The group is charged with 16 counts related to the distribution and possession of methamphetamine, with each individual count carrying a maximum sentence of at least 10 years. Each defendant is attached to at least one of the counts and many have multiple charges.

Most of the defendants were arraigned before a federal magistrate in Oakland this week and pleaded not guilty. The indictments cover alleged drug activity between Sept. 27, 2010, and April 15.

A total of 35 arrests, including the indictments, were made during the two-year investigation, according to state officials.

On top of seizing 135 pounds of meth, agents also confiscated $86,000 cash, 26 firearms — including assault rifles — and six vehicles. They also found an assortment of bulletproof vests when they served search warrants in the past month. Police are looking into two weapons that might be tied to a homicide.

The officials at Wednesday’s news conference were tight-lipped about most details of the bust, saying they did not want to harm the investigation. But an affidavit filed by FBI special agents Patrick Ernst and Gregory Eckhart, based on surveillance involving defendants Abbate, Rubio and Padilla, offers a glimpse into some of the activities.

In the filing, the agents detail a wiretapped telephone conversation the morning of Sept. 30, between Abbate and Rubio in which they are said to be discussing drug debts and exchanging a half-pound of methamphetamine. That yields more than 2,000 “points,” or units of the drug for sale.

“OK, five minutes or less my boy is there,” Rubio is recorded as saying.

Later that morning, the agents observed Padilla drive up to a Hercules home linked to Abbate, and leave less than five minutes later. The agents believe that the visit was Padilla delivering methamphetamine to Abbate on behalf of Rubio.

Authorities said the meth ring was an offshoot of a sophisticated Mexican drug-trafficking empire spanning Interstate 5 from the Mexican border to Washington state. It’s an ongoing battle, the state attorney general said.

“We are fighting transnational gangs from one end of California to another,” Kamala Harris said in a statement. “With the cooperation of local and federal law enforcement agencies, we’re going to outmuscle, outsmart and undo them.”

The wide-ranging probe began with an investigation by the West Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team, or WestNET, which comprises officers from local police agencies. Leading the effort was San Pablo Detective Brian Bubar and the FBI’s Eckhart, Schuld said.

Also participating were Solano County authorities, police from Richmond, Hercules and Pinole, the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and federal immigration agents.

“This is a model of multiagency cooperation,” Wallace said.

Staff writer Karl Fischer contributed to this report. Contact Robert Salonga at 925-943-8013. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.

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17 people indicted
135 pounds of meth seized, worth $7.1 million
26 firearms seized
At least $86,000 seized
Six vehicles seized

GOOD JOB!  SAN PABLO POLICE DEPARTMENT

  

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12 Responses to “SAN PABLO POLICE – MAY 4”

  1. jorgen nielsen said

    Dear San Pablo Police Department, CA, 94806

    This is unrelated to the above story and i apologize for that , but since i cant seem to find where to leave a blog or message in your “talk back” section, i will write a brief inquiry/blog here.

    I am deeply concerned about an event that “seemingly” occurred about 3-4 weeks ago at Vale Health Care Center, San Pablo, CA., a nursing home with 200 residents, but i have yet to hear, see nor read anything about it anywhere on your site or news publications or ?

    At the above location, a male walked into Vale at 3am (no security guards then nor now), proceeds to (apparently) walk into a room and begins to attempt pulling the rings off a 94 year old woman, then beating her on her head and face nearly killing her….and…..walks out.
    No one seems to “know” anything about this, patients or families. but the next day, the administrator restricts visiting hours from nothing to 11am to 8pm and now has a “sitter” at the womans bed all night.

    I only know of this by chance, since i saw the lady in her wheelchair black and blue in her face and stopped in shock to ask what happened.

    What is going on here if no one seems to know anything?….or maybe does not want to know….

  2. jorgen nielsen said

    Interesting that the above blog re Vale is being totally ignored.

    • xaviervir said

      Mr. Nielsen – I sent your information to the San Pablo Police Dept. by way of the City Manager, Matt Rodriguez. They, (the City and the Police) are to get back to me. It may be that the police were not called. Hopefully, they will start asking questions of the staff at Vale. When and if I hear from the city, I will inform you. Thanks. Xavier

      • Jorgen Nielsen said

        Dear Mr Xavier

        I want to thank you so much for your remarkable effort.
        Yes….i in fact have now understood its quite obvious that the police were never called.

        My 84 year old father has resided there for about 18 months, and there is “a whole lot more” to be said about Vale, all backed by indisputable evidence, which i did not mention in my blog.

        Its basically far beyond any form of comprehension.

        Once again, i am very grateful to you Sir.

        Respectfully

        Jorgen

      • Jorgen Nielsen said

        Hi Xavier

        No news yet?

        I also should have asked…..do you work for the city in some way or?
        I cant tell by your postings but will look again.

        Thanks
        David

      • Jorgen Nielsen said

        Hi again

        I see now, you are with “talk back”?

        it also appears i have been posting up the wrong tree so to speak, as my postings only show up as
        comments to a specific unrelated issue.

        Thanks
        David

  3. Jorgen Nielsen said

    Saturday July 16/2011

    Remy Dise Rhodes, Administrator (onsite) of Vale Health Care Center, San Pablo, CA.

    I am only writing you now with one short and simple question, since i yesterday got a call, advising me to do so.

    Did you or did you not report the onsite assault and battery and a “no murder miracle” of one of your 94 year old female residents about a month ago at 3am to the Police?…..or anybody?

    Please respond promptly so i may legally proceed.

    I have all the right to know, since my father resides in a room 3 doors down from the victim, and whom was questioned the next day about what he had heard that morning…….and so do the other 198 persons residing there, not to mention their families….and many other persons.

    Hopefully this inquire will be posted online today…..and i will attempt to do so at my own risk, only because there is none, since i have far too much evidence that the above did in fact occur. And if such an incident occurring at such a place was never reported to law enforcement, thats a felony i believe.

    The only question now is : who knows about this Mrs Dise Rhodes?….my father does not…or anyone in his room…nor at least two closest relatives of them…..oh, did i mention the adjacent 3 other rooms?, and…….

    You are welcome to visit the San Pablo City site to view these postings. I will even mail you the link. and i sincerely hope you will respond on this site.

    The reason why this “situation” is so….cant even find the words….serious to me, is obviously because Vale is not only a nursing home with so many….elderly and very fragile persons, many of whom, knowingly or not, are now living in constant fear or potentially in dire straits (post about 30 days ago… or 10 years?, but also including….many with…..other difficulties as well….whom in some way have been “allowed” to reside in a facility that cannot possibly offer the care they may need simply due to the limitations of Vales abilities and/or capabilities…..and possibly its….motivations?.

    Thank you Grancare LLC/Mariner Health Inc,… sorry, i just cant seem to recall all the other sub LLC/Inc’s that you answer to. But i do know there is a Department within Medicare that knows you quite well…..

    *** I chose, in my first three postings, to use an alias Jorgen Nielsen, but now after further investigation of this matter, i feel thats no longer necessary and now elect to bring this, in my true name, to the attention of the very persons whom, i know for a fact, have been left in the dark concerning such a horrific cover-up.

    David Yorke

  4. Jorgen Nielsen said

    Dear Mrs Dise Rhodes of Vale

    As promised, to make it as easy as possible for you, i am inserting a link below to the City site.

    All you have to do Remy, is put the mouse on the link, left click…and bingo!

    Oh….Remy, am i still forbidden to visit my dad at Vale?…..and others….?….i believe it was your dietrician whom said so last Thursday with an enterage of people?
    Was it him whom asked my dad y-day what my viechle license plate is?

    Its just that i havnt heard anything from yourself.

    As you know, i’m sure, i have had some wonderful talks with …… while checking her bruises…..but last i was at Vale, i couldnt see her. She likes to sit by the Exit you know…which might be the best spot at Vale. It just seemed like her bed was made up for a new patient.
    I could be wrong.

    Not important of course, Just curious.

    Have a wealthy day.

    Click Click

    David Yorke

    https://sanpablotalkback.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/san-pablo-police-may-4/#comment-239

  5. Jorgen Nielsen said

    To the San Pablo Police Department, CA.

    This is to inform you that, by self admittance, Mrs Dise Rhodes on numerous occasions, between May/2010 and….well, who knows really, after somehow finding my fathers bank and also his branch, has contacted them by phone asking an employee there, about very specific details of her residents account…..and this employee, not sure whether to name or not, also by partial self admittance, gave her part of the information she requested. The bank has since then, after legal complaint letters to the branch manager by the holder, now closed his account about a month ago based on…….no comments.

    Some day in May/2010, Mrs Dise walks into her residents room and verbally attacks him with….some verifiably correct very basic information but normally of course only known by the account holder….and severely irrelevant info to Vales care or business of resident.

    Then the unlicensed social worker at Vale calls myself in Sweden with threats of “unless you dad pays”….”Ms Dise and i will be referring your dad, through our subcontracted MD Mcnamara and his forthcoming declaration, for conservatorship proceedings with the Countys Public Guardians office….based upon him not being capable, “due to some degree of dementia”, of making his own medical decisions….

    I dropped the phone in disbelief (a three way call at that point) but then said ” Ms Alvarez, are you stating Vale will attempt to in effect commit grand theft somehow by trying to have my father declared incompetent? She hung up.

    Long story short, the County Deputy Conservator, after speaking with the whole staff, reading the doctors declaration, and numerous longer conversations with my father at Vale, quickly threw it out and closed the case…and advised me to call the ombudsman.

    Too tired now, but there are about another….many factual long term incidents of abuse….most importantly medicational…..by Dr Mcnamara/MD and Dr Carter/MD, both subcontracted, both cases with indisputable evidence against them.

    Finally, to wrap this day up, complaints have been filed with, i have lost track of how many State agencies, but keep all too specific notes,…but at the very least with AMA against the doctors, the Ombudsman, State of California Public Health, etc…..
    The most incomprehensible part is…..no one seems to want to stick their neck out on this one…..therefore, nothing seems to happen.

    Vale nearly, through the most unbelievable negligence, just as one example, let my father die…after taking his blood pressure about two months ago, 185 over 110…..and did nothing for hours, not even call the “doctor”, except lie directly to a San Pablo police officer, whom i will not name here just yet (all verifiable), other than, he was quite…”non concerned” himself.

    David Yorke

    • Jorgen Nielsen said

      This is a revised posting of the one right above

      To the San Pablo Police Department, CA.

      This is to inform you that, by self admittance, Mrs Dise Rhodes on numerous occasions, between May/2010 and….well, who knows really, after somehow finding my fathers bank and also his branch, has contacted them by phone asking an employee there, about very specific details of her residents account…..and this employee, not sure whether to name or not, also by partial self admittance, gave her part of the information she requested. The day after, Remy Dise walks into my dads room, wanting to talk about his account.
      The bank has since then, after legal complaint letters to the branch manager by the holder, now closed his account about a month ago based on…….no comments.

      Then the unlicensed social worker at Vale calls myself in Sweden with threats of “unless you dad pays”….”Ms Dise and i will be referring your dad, through our subcontracted MD Mcnamara and his forthcoming declaration, for conservatorship proceedings with the Countys Public Guardians office….based upon him not being capable, “due to dementia”, of making his own medical decisions….

      I dropped the phone in disbelief (a three way call at that point) but then said ” Ms Alvarez, are you stating Vale will attempt to in effect commit grand theft somehow by trying to have my father declared incompetent”? She hung up.

      Long story short, the County Deputy Conservator, after speaking with the whole staff sometime around November/2010, reading the doctors declaration, and numerous longer conversations with my father at Vale, quickly threw it out and closed the case…and advised me to call the ombudsman.

      One day in April/2011, while visiting my father, a non RN comes in to my dad with 6 tablets, telling my father “oh these are heart meds”, i asked her to write down what they were….she stated, “i’m not sure”, so i requested an immediate conference with her in an office and asked her to write down names of every med. She had to pull out the list of prescribed and signed off meds by Dr Mcnamara, which showed that the meds included anti-depressants and some for dementia….this was signed off by said doctor in January/2011, a couple of months after the County Deputy from the Public Guardians office, in writing which i have, saying, your father obviously is very clear and has no apparent dementia.

      Too tired now, but there are about another….many factual long term incidents of abuse….most importantly medicational…..by Dr Mcnamara/MD and Dr Carter/MD, both subcontracted, both cases with indisputable evidence against them. According to an investigator with the Public Health department (to be named later), Vale has been injecting my father with Vicodin and now gives him FOUR Vicodin pills/day.
      That might be ok for someone with the most severe pain, but…..my father has no pain whatsoever.

      Finally, to wrap this day up, complaints have been filed with, i have lost track of how many State agencies, but keep all too specific notes,…but at the very least with AMA against the doctors, the Ombudsman, State of California Public Health, etc…..
      The most incomprehensible part is…..no one seems to want to stick their neck out on this one…..therefore, nothing seems to happen.

      Vale, through the most unbelievable negligence, just as one example, nearly let my father die in May/2011…after taking his blood pressure , 185 over 110…..and did nothing for 2-3 hours, not even call the “doctor”, except having a supervisor lie directly to a San Pablo police officer, whom i will not name here just yet (all verifiable), other than, he was quite…”non concerned” himself.

      But at this moment, for whatever reason, what echoes in my mind and disturbs me so badly, having nightmares, is….(taking a step back)….how can a man, a total stranger, walk into Vale at 3am, a nursing home with 200 patients…and maybe some staff at that time?….nearly kills a woman by blows to head and face……and is able to walk right out again….

      If this poor 94 year old woman in a wheel chair, whom i have spoken to extensively and appears very clear minded and in fact quite intelligent, alert, lucid and rational , was hallucinating….or ?….how do you become black and blue in your face from obvious powerful strikes to the head and face on numerous places in the face?….thats not from any fall.
      And why would Vale then the next day restrict visiting hours from 11am to 8pm?….and why would they then have a sitter by her all nights after?….well, maybe she was frightened by her “hallucinations?
      But that still doesnt add up in any case with the sudden visiting restrictions…..and of course, as far as i know, any type of “hallucinations” does not cause numerous bruises to the face, in different areas of the face.

      This must be investigated immediately.

      David Yorke

      • Jorgen Nielsen said

        Thanks…..cause i’m getting real discouraged with the system here….not just San Pablo or the East Bay….but i come from a different culture (Scandinavia) where both regular folks and politicians (believe it or not) have their priorities in a totally different order.

        Family (and their safety and well being) and friends are always #1….no hesitation ever….and somewhere down the list comes status in any form.

        I speak from the heart and….the often life threatening abuse, negligence and the “so what/who cares” attitude by a place like Vale, which i have seen day in and day out for….almost 20 months, just makes me very sad. It has not only changed my dads life but certainly my own as well.

        Unfortunately, i have not been financially able to simply walk in and say “hey dad, we’re going for a long walk to a much nicer home where you will be safe and treated as a human and maybe you’ll get laugh now and then too with some good people that actually care”

        Vale has given my dad a 30 notice THREE TIMES now based on fraudulent money demands (one of the numerous LLC’S/INC’S, Grancare, Mariner Health Care based in Texas, they hide behind, defrauded Medicare for $150 mill….its all on the Web)….the second time, my dad and i went into the admins office….and admin. and the non licensed social worker sat and laughed at my dad cause he didnt know where to go…i swear to god. I could write 5 books about that place.

        The ombudsmens assistant out of Concord tells me the food is great….but forgot to say whenever she is there, she has a “special” lunch.

        Vicodin injections (according to an investigator at the Public Health Department or 4 big tabs/.day) for no pain, dementia meds for no dementia, anti- depressants, dangerous radio active (iodine) thyroid meds my dad wasnt even aware of nor needs, fraudulent dementia declarations by the sub contracted doc, which the deputy conservator threw out in November, leaving him with a 185 over 110 blood pressure for three hours without calling the doc, then lies to a police officers face ……on & on & on.

        David Yorke

      • Jorgen Nielsen said

        Security Violations And Severe Abuse at Vale Health Center in San Pablo,CA
        Reply
        Nordic4 to WaltS

        Mr Walt Schuld, Chief of Police of the great city of San Pablo, CA

        First i wish to inform you Sir, that my patience with this horrific situation is wearing very thin.

        Secondly, i wish to remind you Sir, that it is nearly a whole month since this unspeakable incident occurred.

        Third, i wish to inform you Sir, that there is STILL no security at the main entry at Vale.

        Fourth, i wish to remind you of your responsibilities as Chief of Police Sir, and kindly ask why absolutely nothing has been done for a month to prevent another such an occurrance anytime now, where at the next time an elderly Citizen or several could die Sir?

        Fifth, i would like to ask you, if that should occur, would that in fact be in big part your responsibility Sir?

        Sixth, i would like to inform you that, in light of the fact that nothing has been done for about a month, not even requiring the obviously severely negligent Administrator at Vale to hire a security guard Sir, any and all information re this matter, emails, blogs etc. will be hand delivered to every major newspaper in the Bay Area for immediate publication including this email Sir, and my first stop will be at the San Francisco Chronicle, where i just happen to know the Chief Editor, Philip Bronstein and wife Sharon Stone, whom i suspect will not be smiling when i show them all the time your Police department has had to do nothing concerning the near murder of a 94 year old woman in a wheelchair by a man whom freely walks into a 200 patient nursing home at 3am, almost kills a resident, and freely walks right out again Sir.

        Finally, i want you to know that my 84 year old father resides in a room 15 yards away from the victims room Sir, and still does with no security Sir.

        I wish you a very good nights sleep Mr Schuld, because neither my father nor i have slept in a month Sir.

        And, on my way home for another sleepless night, i will be paying a friendly visit to my Attorney for a Class Action lawsuit against your Police Department, the City of San Pablo and Vale Health Care Center Sir.

        David William Yorke

        Cc…..

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