Suspended San Pablo police officer arrested in SF faces drug charges

A suspended San Pablo police officer who was arrested in San Francisco on drug-related charges last week was charged by the San Francisco District Attorney's Office with four felonies and two misdemeanors in connection with his arrest, spokesman Alex Bastian said.

Kenneth White, 32, of San Pablo, was already on paid administrative leave when San Pablo police got word that he may have been involved in potentially illegal activity in San Francisco, according to a statement on the San Pablo Police Department's website.

San Pablo police immediately contacted the San Francisco Police Department and he was arrested in The City on Wednesday on drug-related charges.

The SFPD is in charge of the criminal investigation into White and he was formally charged on Friday.

White faces one felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, two felony counts of carrying a loaded firearm, one count of child endangerment, and two misdemeanor charges of possession of cocaine salt and heroin, Bastian said.

He was arraigned on the charges on Friday where he entered a not guilty plea. His bail was set at $250,000 and he is scheduled to return to court Tuesday, Bastian said.

San Pablo's chief of police expressed sadness about the arrest but said the department is committed to holding their staff accountable. She also said White's arrest was not indicative of the conduct of San Pablo police officers.

“We take these matters seriously and will ensure a professional and comprehensive personnel investigation will be completed,” Chief Lisa Rosales said.

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