CONCORD (CBS) — The high-profile commander for the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team – a task force of various police agencies – was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of drug dealing, authorities told KPIX-TV in San Francisco.

Special Agent Supervisor Norman Wielsch, a 12-year veteran of the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, was being held in the Contra Costa County Jail following his arrest.

“Allegations are that he was distributing for sales methamphetamine, marijuana and steroids,” said Michelle Gregory, a state DOJ spokesperson.

Wielsch was arrested without incident along with 49-year-old Christopher Butler of Concord, Gregory said.

Like Wielsch, Butler is also facing several felony counts related to the selling of methamphetamines, marijuana and steroids.

“There are still going to be follow-up investigations so there may be more charges forthcoming,” said Gregory.

Wielsch was placed on unpaid leave and would remain so as long as he is in custody, said Gregory. “The internal affairs department and the criminal investigation side will both be investigating,��� she added.

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Comments (25)
  1. galemarie says:

    Don’t you think that is how most of the drugs get in the prisons ? Maybe a side business for the guards ? I feel they should be drug tested and searched daily!

  2. Stranger says:

    You know a lot of other people are going to get hurt by this, my family included.

    1. ht8tnhm says:

      He ruined my life. My family was hurt. He deserves everything he gets.

  3. R Sotomayor says:

    I am a resident of Antioch Ca, and when I first heard that these individuals, Norman wielsh and Chris Butler, were arrested for conspiracy to selling narcotics really upset me. These individuals had taken an oath to uphold the law. They are no better than the drug dealers out in the streets. Actually, they are worse than the drug dealers because they have lack of education and sell drugs to make money, where as these individuals make six figures! About Wielsch’s financial hardship, this is no excuse to break the law. We are all having financial hardships, including my family. This does not give anyone the right to break the law. These maggots thought they were above the law. And so, I hope the judge shows no leniancy when sentencing these criminals.

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