www.sfgate.com -- Christopher Butler, 49, leased office space for a massage parlor on Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill beginning in summer 2009 at the request of then-state narcotics agent Norman Wielsch, 50, said Butler's attorney, William Gagen. Wielsch and Butler were friends who once served on the Antioch police force together. Now they are co-defendants in a case charging them with stealing drugs from law enforcement evidence lockers. Wielsch is the one who came up with the idea for the brothel after learning the business from years of shutting them down, Gagen said. "When Wielsch busted those places, he saw firsthand all the cash they took in," Gagen said. "So he came up with the plan - he knew how to run the business and he knew he could keep the competitors away. He just needed someone to lease a space for him."
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