Thursday, February 17, 2011

'Honeytrapper' Arrested on Drug Charges

By Kathleen Richards
Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Norman Wielsch, commander of the state Department of Justice's Central Contra Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team, and Chris Butler, a private investigator whose Concord agency was the subject of a 2007 Express cover story ("The Honeytrappers" by Lauren Gard) were arrested yesterday in Benicia on multiple charges of felony drug dealing, according to ABC 7.

Wielsch and Butler are facing as many as 25 suspected felony offenses, including possessing, transporting, and selling marijuana, methamphetamine, and steroids, and embezzlement, second-degree burglary, and conspiracy, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The arrests came following a tip, which resulted in an investigation started in mid-January by the same agency that Wielsch works for. The investigation is still ongoing, but the arrests could potentially jeopardize any investigations that Wielsch led. Wielsch and Butler had previously worked together for the Antioch Police Department.

According to the 2007 Express cover story, Butler left the Antioch police force after a decade of service and cashed in his retirement fund to start his PI agency. Last year, his agency began employing moms as private investigators, which spawned an upcoming reality TV series called "PI Moms." (Read their blog "Ask the PI Moms" here.)

The two men are currently being held in the county jail in Martinez. Wielsch's bail is set at $660,000; Butler's is at $840,000.

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