Berkeley police arrest man in connection with cocaine, firearm possession

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Berkeley Police Department arrested a man Friday night in connection with his possession of a firearm and cocaine, as first reported by Berkeleyside.

The man was later identified as Marvin Boyd, 40, from Rodeo, California, according to BPD spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Frankel.

About 9 p.m. Friday, a BPD patrol officer stopped Boyd’s car on the 1200 block of Haskell Street in West Berkeley for a vehicle code violation. Upon talking to Boyd, the officer “smelled marijuana” in the car, Frankel said in an email.

A search of the car revealed both rock and powder cocaine, along with a loaded Derringer pistol, ammunition and a digital scale. The officers also found that Boyd held amounts of money “in denominations consistent with drug sales,” according to Frankel.

Boyd was taken to Berkeley Jail; he faces charges for possession of cocaine for sale, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition and being armed while selling cocaine, Frankel said in an email.

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