BERKELEY — A random check of an officer-recognized probationer near a city park resulted in an Alameda man’s arrest and the recovery of a loaded handgun, thousands of dollars and a quantity of powdered cocaine, authorities said.
Just before 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, an officer patrolling Regent Street near Derby Street, near Willard Park, saw a man sitting in an SUV with open windows.
After passing the SUV, the officer realized he recognized its driver as being on searchable probation, then drove around the block to find and meet him.
“The patrol officer (as well as the other officers familiar with the area) know that it sometimes has reports from residents about persons trespassing or lingering in and around properties to do drugs, consume alcohol, or other things that negatively affect the quality of life in the neighborhood,” police said in a statement Thursday.
A search of the man produced several thousand dollars in his pants, as well as a loaded .45-caliber handgun, a large amount of powdered cocaine and items used in drug sales in the SUV.
Terry Beasley, 38, was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sale, carrying a loaded and concealed firearm, possession of controlled substances while armed with a loaded firearm, and other gun-related charges, as well as violating his probation.
Beasley was in custody at Berkeley city jail and faces a June 21 pre-trial and probation revocation hearing at Oakland’s Rene C. Davidson courthouse, according to county records.
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.
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