ALBANY -- Two campers on the Albany Bulb were arrested on April 10 for possession of illegal drugs. Police served a narcotics search warrant on the camp occupied by Katherine Cody and Alexander Wilson at 7 a.m., according to a news release from Albany police.
According to the release, Cody was found to be in possession of "in excess of 12 grams of methamphetamine concealed in her clothing."
She was also found with "a quantity of 'tar' heroin" among her possessions. The search of the campsite also found a digital scale, packaging materials and paraphernalia for "both smoking and injecting illegal drugs."
Cody was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wilson was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Both were taken to Alameda County Jail.
The arrests came after an undercover investigation. The release stated, "Investigation of controlled substance sales and use at the Albany Bulb has become a priority for the Albany Police Department due in part to the number of methamphetamine-related arrests, incidents or other associated activity tied to persons camped on or frequenting the Bulb."
Field work by patrol officers led to an investigation by detectives of narcotic sales on the Bulb that the department said led to Cody.
"Her arrest comes after multiple 'controlled' purchases of methamphetamine from her, which allowed officers to present evidence to a Superior Court judge who in turn authorized a search warrant," according to the release. "Cody's arrest is a significant blow to the methamphetamine dealing and use that is regularly taking place on the Bulb."
Several dogs were found at the campsite and were placed in custody of Berkeley Animal Control. Cody owns three of the dogs, according to the release, and two of those have bite reports at the waterfront on file. The release gave no indication who owned the other dogs picked up.
Albany police have been stepping up enforcement of drug laws on the Bulb as part of the city's efforts to clear the Bulb of campers so it can be turned over to the East Bay Regional Park District as part of Sylvia McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. The district won't take the land until the homeless population that lives there is removed.
The Albany City Council voted last year to begin enforcing the city's anti-camping ordinance at the Bulb, while also allocating funds to try to secure housing for those living there. A handful of the estimated 60 campers living on the Bulb have been placed in housing. A temporary shelter has been set up at the waterfront, but only one to three people use it on a given night.