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County Narcotics Cop to Plead Guilty to Stealing and Selling Drugs

Norman Wielsch, a commander for the Contra Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team, will admit this week to charges that he stole narcotics from evidence lockers and tried to sell them back on the street.

Another player in a Contra Costa County police corruption case is headed for prison. 

Norman Wielsch was a commander for the Contra Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team and part of a scandal that includes charges of drug trafficking, dirty DUI stings, obstruction of justice, extortion, illegal wire-tapping and prostitution. The ringleader of the operation was Concord-based private investigator Christopher Butler, who got eight years in prison when he was sentenced back in September.

Wielsch will plead guilty to five charges in a federal indictment in exchange for a light sentence, according to court documents. Part of the deal stipulates that Wielsch will not ask the judge for a sentence less than 10 years at his sentencing hearing in Feburary.

This story came from San Ramon Patch.

For background, browse the stories on Concord Patch filed under "Law Enforcement Crisis: Dirty DUI Arrests and Drug Deals".

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