Vehicle burglary report leads police to drugs, weapons

Bay City News
Monday March 20, 2017 - 03:22:00 PM

A report of a vehicle burglary in Berkeley early Sunday morning led to the alleged discovery of methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana, as well as pills and an assault weapon during the subsequent service of a search warrant, according to police. 

Officers responded to the vicinity of Durant and Telegraph avenues at 5:23 a.m. on a report of a vehicle burglary in progress, and found three suspects and a parked BMW. 

Steven Manning, a 35-year-old resident of Oakland, matched a witness description of one of the suspects, police said. 

Manning was found to have a warrant out for his arrest. He was allegedly in possession of heroin and more than $2,000. 

Oakland resident Meredith Rains, 32, was also found to have an outstanding arrest warrant. Officers allegedly found a bag of methamphetamine in plain view after removing her from the vehicle. 

A third suspect later identified as Berkeley resident Rakim Washington, 46, allegedly gave false identification to police. They determined that Washington was on parole, and found heroin during a search. 

A scale with marijuana and methamphetamine residue on the surface was allegedly found in the vehicle along with "drug packaging material," police said. 

Officers serving a search warrant at Manning's residence also allegedly found more than 1,000 pills consisting of five different drugs, a loaded assault pistol with no serial number and dozens of rounds of ammunition, a credit card embossing machine, a credit card reader/writer and card stock. 

All three suspects were booked into jail.