Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - December 10, 2010

Police Bulletin

Drug buy goes awry

An observant Pleasanton police officer who watched what she suspected was a drug deal arrested three people and may have prevented a burglary at the same time.

Officer Kristie Fountain watched people from two suspicious vehicles conduct what appeared to be a drug sale in the parking lot at Raley's Supermarket on Sunol Boulevard, according to a police report. Fountain approached and got permission to search one of the suspects, Christian Morrison Jeffcoat, 36, who turned out to have a large sum of cash in a pocket and a number of small glassine bags with a powdery residue, according to the report.

A search of the Jeffcoat's SUV turned up scales, more bags and a lock-picking kit, police said. Jeffcoat was charged with possession of a non-narcotic substance with intent to sell, possession of burglary tools, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Two others, the alleged buyers, were also arrested. Crystal Marie Brush, 26, was charged with possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance, possession of hypodermic needle and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

The third person allegedly involved was inside Raley's while police were busy with Jeffcoat and Brush. The police report said Svend Trygue Melchior, 48, had what it described as an "internal debate," stopping and starting several times before deciding to act as a spectator, although Fountain had seen him involved in the alleged drug deal; he was arrested on charges of possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Resident turns robber

A Pleasanton man was charged with robbery after an incident at his home in the 3800 block of Promenade Way at about 4 p.m. Nov. 30.

A 65-year-old female insurance adjuster was visiting the home of Jeffrey Robert Harlan, taking pictures, according to a police report. Harlan became upset when the woman was in the back yard near a trampoline.

Harlan allegedly knocked the woman down and took her camera. He was arrested on charges of robbery, battery and misappropriation of property.


Posted by Annie, a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

An observant police officer ??? The whole neighborhood already knows that there is drug deals over there for several years now. Several neighbors already reported to the police about the drug dealing over there for several years. And I do recall , as I complained about this, the PLeasanton PD told me . "They cannot do anything about it because everytime the police car comes, they scatter." School kids goes there and buy drugs. I won't be surprised that drug dealing has not STOP there. And this is JUST ONE of the ones that we complained about. There are several others too that are close to schools. Another one is close to Amador. The other one is over at DEL PRADO apartments. There is another one over at Sonoma drive, that is close to Pleasanton Middle Schools.
I am surprsied that they had finally a drug bust after what ? 5-7 years ???

Posted by Tango, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

I must be dumb ,but I have read this story a couple of times and have yet to figure out what a "non-narcotic controlled substance" is. I am sure most people know,but I don't and neither does my husband. Maybe it is because we are to old to figure it out.

Posted by Glenn Wohltmann, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm


Usually it's methamphetamine, but since it's not specified in police reports, naming the charge is the best I can do.

Posted by Sarah Swick, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Regarding Case# 2010-00056776
Harlan has filed a civil claim against Fidelity Insurance and will file a claim against the Police Department once the civil action is complete. Turns out that in 2009 he filed a complaint with the Police department about two (2) of their Officers that live on his block for obsessive vulgarity while watching sporting events in the garage. He was concerned because he has two young daughters and very young son. Harlan even provided video of their behavior since he himself couldn't convince the Officers to stop the language and the HOA couldn't get them to stop... Harlan received an apology letter from Sgt. Collins of the Pleasanton police department but it still hasn't stopped the behavior. There is a video on youtube... Turns out that one of the Officers Harlan complained about was the first Officer to respond to his house when Harlan called the Police for help with the Fidelity adjuster because she stabbed him with a pen when he tried to get her to leave. Rather than arrest the female who assaulted the male as it was dispatched, the Officer arrested Harlan. Harlan graduated from the Evergreen Police academy in 1995 and had been working as a PI for the past 17 years. Harlan has already secured evidence and is eagerly awaiting his opportunity to hold Fidelity and the Police Officers accountable for their actions.

Posted by odd?, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Apr 13, 2011 at 2:34 am

How is it that Annie knows the exact locations of the drug houses and dealers? Addict turned hollier than thou?

Posted by Hmmm!? could it be? , a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Apr 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm

First and foremost this page asks to "please be respectful and truthful in your postings." Does this apply to the editor that published this article about a couple of people being arrested????? They should get all of the facts of what happened before posting themselves. This article could very well be published with SLANDER and LIES. Why do people publish without knowing the TRUTH first!!! Unfortunately people , we do not live in a society of " INNOCENT until proven guilty" but quite the opposite> "guilty until proven INNOCENT"

Posted by huh?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm

The word 'alleged' or 'allegedly' appears 4 times in the article. What more do you want? Innocent people *can* be arrested. It says they were arrested, not that they were found guilty. Lighten Up.

Although they probably ARE guilty. LOL!

Posted by Hmmm!? Could it be?, a resident of Danville
on Apr 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

We all know that the valley is pretty small but at the same time news travels just as fast as the newspapers. When this incident occured I had heard from a very close source that the officers did ask permission to search jeffcoats vehicle and that he in fact denied. Given that he was not on any kind of probation or parole, he exercised his rights to deny a search but the officers searched his vehicle anyway. Clearly violating his rights. More and more we hear about police officers who clearly violate peoples rights. Who do they have to answer to and what laws do they follow when their job is to enforce law???? Their own!?!?.................WOW

Posted by Johnny d, a resident of Danville
on Apr 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

Look... you can erase my posts, you can try and silence the truth... Mr. Jeffcoat is just another victim of police brutality. Blatant violations of his rights and abuse of trust and power entitled to "peace officers" hired to "protect and serve..." Yeah right... Get a job! If it doesnt fit... you MUST AQUIT!

Posted by grama, a resident of Old Towne
on Jan 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm

The park on Vineyard has drug sales all the time why don't the police do something about this area./

Posted by hmmm!? could it be?, a resident of another community
on Feb 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

well people of the tri-valley community......this is CHRISTIAN MORRISON JEFFCOAT, and i have been commenting on this article about my arrest for some time . the truth is this case was dismissed for illegal search and seizure. the police did ask to search my vehicle but i denied their search, which could have been referenced on their dash cams by me explaining my right to deny a search because i was not on probation or parole. the police said," we know, we know. We are just going to detain you for now" then put me in a patrol car way in the back and searched my car anyways.
Originally officer Fountain said she saw two suspects walking back and forth from my car back to theirs. LIE. the other party not even once walked to my car which can also be referenced by the Raley's parking lot survailence camera's. Also officer Fountain completely left out of the police report and editor of this article that the other gentleman walked into Raley's and that Ms.fountain followed him inside. Shortly after officer Fountain came out of Raley's alone and then proceded to drive her patrol car over to me and my girlfriends car and proceeded to harass. What did officer Fountain and that gentleman talk about inside? it mentions him as a suspect in this case, so......why did officer Fountain not detain him ?? I was parked over by the Taco Bell (which was still open) talking on my cell phone when another police officer approached my vehicle and asked what i was doing. I explained i was going to get food. And that ladies and gentleman is the truth as to how all of this started.
The D.A. dropped the case in the end. So the lesson of today is that even police have to abide by certain laws and ethics on how they aquire their evidence in a case or it can and will be dropped. So people KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. even the police will take advantage of you if you let them.


Posted by concerned citizen, a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 28, 2012 at 8:26 am

But the question is..... are you... have you ever been guilty of this?? You are and have been guilty of SO MANY illegal things... it is a wonder you are still alive. You have no conscious and go on doing things that you justify, like the above, without dealing with the truth. What is your legacy, my friend. Think about what you will leave in the minds of the ones who once loved you......

Go on. Keep defending yourself. It doesn't change who one really is.

Posted by friend of tri-valley, a resident of Old Towne
on May 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm

It's a shame that the case was dropped, we would have one less drug dealer and theif on the street.

Posted by crime stoppwe, a resident of Old Towne
on May 23, 2012 at 5:53 am

Web Link

Posted by None of the Above, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Nice work, Einstein.

This is from the Stockton Record:

Christian Morrison Jeffcoat, 36, and Crystal Marie Brush, 26, were arrested on suspicion of grand theft after a resident in the 16200 block of West Schulte Road reported catching Jeffcoat stealing items from a barn about 8:51 a.m. Saturday. Deputies reported that classic comic books, baseball cards, several tools and an air compressor had been taken from the barn. Jeffcoat reportedly denied taking them. Deputies reported that shoe prints matching Jeffcoat's shoes were found inside the barn. Deputies found Brush waiting nearby in Jeffcoat's vehicle.

Posted by tri valley spy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

Jeffcoat and Brush are the modern day tri-valley Bonnie and Clyde

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