Former Narc Jason Fredriksson Cops Plea, Skips Jail

The detective involved in the sex and drugs scandal that rocked the San Leandro Police Department last year will do 30 days of easy time, 5 years probation and pay fines.


Jason Fredriksson, the former San Leandro cop accused of giving a pound of pot to an informant who was also his lover, pleaded no contest this week to a misdemeanor charge that allows him to avoid jail.

Last year, the ex-narcotics detective  to a felony count of illegally transporting and furnishing marijuana for sale.

This week, Superior Court Judge Roy Hashimoto approved a deal worked out by Assistant District Attorney Michael Roemer and defense attorney Harry Stern.

Under its terms, Fredriksson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possession of more than an ounce of pot, said a spokeswoman for Alameda County District Attorney's office.

Fredriksson was sentenced to 30 days of work for the Alameda County Sheriff's Department but will not spend nights in jail; he will serve 5 years probation during which time he can be easily searched; and he will have to pay a series of fines, including reimbursing the San Leandro Police Department for the cost of investigating him.

He also agreed not to work as a law enforcement officer or possess firearms, the district attorney's office said.

"He (Fredriksson) apologized to the court and expressed his extreme remorse," Stern said in an email Friday.

The Fredriksson case became public about a year ago when the former San Leandro police officer, then on the narcotics squad,  to his mistress, a San Leandro resident and police informant.

Fredriksson, a Danville resident, was 38 at the time and married to an SLPD police dispatcher.

When the scandal first arose Stern said  with the informant, authorities had no evidence of wrongdoing. Stern blamed the case on "hypervigilance."

The incident was a trial-by-fire for then newly-arrived San Leandro Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli, who quickly brought the District Attorney into the case when she got a call informing her of the allegations against Fredriksson.

Spagnoli told Patch in an interview last November that she was .

On Friday, San Leandro Police Department spokesman Lt. Jeff Tudor said the force wanted to put the affair in the past. 

"We hope one person's actions will not cause us to lose the trust of the community," Tudor said, adding that the department had tried to bolster that trust "by dealing quickly and professionally" with the matter.

(Read more about the Fredriksson scandal.)

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aguadecoco Folana May 25, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Clap clap clap too those police who maintain integrity, which is what is needed, not gun towing rouge police~
Marga Lacabe May 25, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Well, if anyone had any doubts that the Alameda County DA believes that cops are above the law, this slap on the wrist deal pretty much relieves it. Nancy OMalley pretended to be progressive and got quite a lot of support from the Democratic party, though as I've mentioned in the past, the local Democratic party has shown an appalling lack of concern about civil liberties, justice and accountability. I can only hope that next time around, OMalley will have some real opposition from someone who believes that the law should apply to all, equally.
Fran May 25, 2012 at 10:37 PM
"We hope one person's actions will not cause us to lose the trust of the community," Tudor said- Unfortunately it does, and rightly so.
Charles Kane May 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Consider the charge of "For Sale"it's the difference between a Felony and a Misdemeanor and in this case maybe very difficult to prove. Mere possession is usually charged as a Misdemeanor, or if a tiny amount, an infraction (a citation for this)First time offenders for Marijuana are frequently diverted or given probation. In this case the suspect was sentenced as shown but the heavy sentence was the loss of a career. I think the suspect got what he deserved. To their credit the SLPD cleaned their own house. Good riddance
Marga Lacabe May 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM
This case seemed pretty easy. He took the pot and gave it to his girlfriend/police informer to sell, and it was a pound of pot, if I well remember. Not what you'd call a "personal use" amount.
Ken Briggs May 26, 2012 at 01:09 AM
so what kind of workis he doing now ?
Paul Vargas May 26, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Absolute BULLS^&^ This sorry excuse of a District Attorney needs to get the Hell out of the County. What a buffoon!
Paul Vargas May 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Wait until the next time some cop comes knocking on the door wanting me to vote for a tax increase. Oh well, it doesn't matter, they know I'll tell them off.
aguadecoco Folana May 26, 2012 at 03:39 PM
this is an insult too your local Americans~ you wonder why the kids hate you
aguadecoco Folana May 26, 2012 at 03:41 PM
This is what the locals call~ white justice, the old boys club, just like the South,where bigots rein
Rob Rich May 26, 2012 at 03:49 PM
While favoritism is certainly a possibility, is it a coincidence that police busted a $540k pot warehouse about the same time a former narc copped a plea to skip jail time for distributing a pound of pot?
Inside Out May 26, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Not 1 pound, six. he was getting the money, not the informant.
Inside Out May 26, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Judge Hashimoto was a DA and his father a slpd cop, Go figure.
Inside Out May 26, 2012 at 08:10 PM
That's okay, I've known them both since I was 17, about 35 years.
Inside Out May 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Judge Hashimoto had the honor of swearing in SL police chief Spagnoli. Curious George had it right.
Tom Abate (Editor) May 27, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Well, as long as justice was done.
Paul Vargas May 27, 2012 at 06:37 PM
But one bad apple spoils the barrel.
Marga Lacabe May 27, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Probably. 1) The Police is busting growth operation all the time, I'd guess every two to three months at least and 2) That one seemed to be a new operation, probably came about about Fredrikson left the force.
Marga Lacabe May 27, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Justice wasn't done, that's the problem.
Paul Vargas May 27, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Hmmm a cop living in a MILLION DOLLAR house in Danville? There's more to this story.
Thomas Clarke May 28, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Six pounds of marijuana equals a misdemeanor? Million dollar home?
Thomas Clarke May 28, 2012 at 03:17 AM
The barrel, San Leandro, is what is spoiled in this case. The long reach of the corruption got to Patch, the Judge, the Community and the DA.
John Blakemore May 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Justice??? I think not. This bad cop gets 30 days of work, no jail time and poor, innocent, Dan Dillman of the Bal Theater gets four months, to make an example of him for standing up for his rights against a couple more bad cops. Dillman, a pillar of the community was railroaded, while this Cop on the take skates free. On the Narc Squad... Humm, wonder where he got the drugs? Any evidence missing... Six pounds you say! We need to recall these judges and get some DAs that are fair and honest!
Bill Gannon May 28, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Wow, quite a lot of anger here.
Bill Gannon May 28, 2012 at 05:07 PM
What you all have to understand is how our criminal justice system actually works. This is the first crime that this citizen was convicted of committing. Even though it was possession of one or six pounds of marijuana, Alameda is a very liberal county. A judge in LA ordered the CHP to return 10 pounds of marijuana to a person because it was 'medicinal marijuana'. People rarely are sentenced to jail terms let alone long jail terms. What do you folks want? Do you want to see this person hanged in the public square? The way the DA works is that if they are not almost absolutely certain they will get a conviction they will not charge someone. Sorry, that is just the way that it works. When we as police arrest criminals, and believe me we arrest them ALL the time for new crimes the DA only charges them with parole or probation violations and they do a few days in jail then they are out again to commit new crimes. If you all knew how things actually work you would be absolutely furious. About 90% of the crimes are committed by about 10% of the criminals. If we locked them up and kept them locked up, crime would decrease dramatically. Our system is screwed up and barely functions. With the new law passed by our wonderful legislature and backed by the Governor, there is no longer a revolving door. They have removed the door altogether. Stand by and you will see. I agree this person should have a much more severe punishment for violating the public trust.
Paul Vargas May 28, 2012 at 06:17 PM
He is not just a "citizen" he was a law enforcement officer who is paid quite handsomely under the guise of protecting the citizenry. He became a criminal. Plain and simple. And no Alameda County D.A. is not "liberal" she is inept, incompetent and just a plain soft on crime bleeding heart. He should be sent away with a sentence no less than what a drug dealer on 98th Avenue or San Pablo Avenue would have gotten.
Cindy Colindres May 28, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Absolutely! The DA and the rest of those associated with this case and the Dillman case need to be investigated by the FBI. There is too much injustice in Alameda County. This is a perfect example.
aguadecoco Folana May 28, 2012 at 09:51 PM
ja, what counrty are you living in lately? He was given a free card, just lie the Mafia was given, till all the cops invoulded were busted~ cops do not walk in the station and confess, ah a~ no
aguadecoco Folana May 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM
What i figured out is this, many are enraged by politicans and their greed, so they have decided to rip off any way the can, just like the ploiticans are given a free card, so these lowe echalons thieves, have their own system too themselves, till they get busted, like this cop. Watch, it's not over till it's over~a Judge, A cop, a girlfriend,a bust=investigation~ I know,I watch to much ID cable~ ja ja ja Were're not fooled, it takes time before the out cry is hear by the FBI~ Some people think Oakland is bad, ja
aguadecoco Folana May 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM
What I would like too see happen is, medical marijuana be legal~ this man/policemen, would not have been in this position, well, hmm~ that he is a policemen, his price for using a office of trust by the people, he knew this, which means too me, other knew and their are invoulde+ free cardd


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