ALBANY -- Phillip Lewis, one of the final two known campers on the Albany Bulb, was arrested on June 4 at the Bulb less than a week after he and his girlfriend were removed by force by Albany police.
According to Albany City Clerk Nicole Almaguer, about seven grams of methamphetamine and about 18 grams of heroin were found in Lewis' backpack. He was also found with syringes, according to Almaguer.
Lewis was arrested in the evening for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled narcotic substance for sale, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance for sale. He was taken to Alameda County Santa Rita Jail.
On June 6, Lewis appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for June 23. The judge also issued an order for Lewis to stay away from the Bulb.
Lewis was released on bail. He had no comment after the appearance. Neither did his attorney, Jeffrey Kaloustian, when asked where Lewis would go now that he can't go to the Bulb.
According to Almaguer, at the time of the arrest, Lewis told police that someone else was with him but would not identify the person and officers said they found no one else on the Bulb. Lewis' dog was impounded with Berkeley Animal Control.
Lewis and Amber Whitson, the final two of an estimated 60 homeless people who were camping on the Bulb one year ago, were originally arrested in a pre-dawn May 29 raid by police. A supporter, Erik Eisenberg, was also arrested. They were all charged with illegal camping.
Whitson estimated that 30 officers took part in the raid, which included officers armed with assault weapons. She also said officers from the Albany Police Department, Berkeley Police Department and Alameda County Sheriffs Department all took part in the raid.
"Police brought the resources needed to ensure the safety of all persons present at the Waterfront Park during the Public Works cleanup of the illegal encampment; this includes city employees (Fire, Public Works, Police) and contractors, as well as any persons who might be encountered," Almaguer wrote in an email.
"A 'contact team' of eight officers effected the arrests at the illegal encampment," she wrote. "Before making contact, they did not know how many persons or dogs would be encountered, or what resistance might be shown -- there had been several unsuccessful previous attempts to obstruct the work of public works crews."
Almaguer said other officers were used to transport the pair and the two dogs.
"It has been erroneously rumored that the police officers included members of the Berkeley Police Department and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office," Almaguer wrote. "A single Berkeley police officer was requested to assist with a prisoner search, and the Sheriff's office provided transportation to move the three arrestees to the jail facility."
Whitson said her medication, Lewis' eyeglasses and other personal property were lost during the arrest and they have filed a claim with the city.