Former officer facing 60 years in drug scandal 

A former San Ramon police officer is facing the prospect of decades in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he stole and sold drugs seized during raids by a narcotics task force.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/xPSNRI ) that Louis Lombardi pleaded guilty Thursday to nine felony counts including possession and intent to sell drugs, possession of stolen firearms and conspiracy.

Lombardi was a member of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team, or CNET.

The task force's operations were suspended last year when its commander, Norman Wielsch, was arrested on suspicion of selling stolen drug evidence seized by task force members.

Wielsch and two others charged in the scandal have pleaded not guilty.

The Chronicle says the 39-year-old Lombardi is facing a possible maximum sentence of more than 60 years in prison when he's sentenced on April 18.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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