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Ex-Bay Area Supervisor Lockyer arrested in O.C. on drug charges

September 5, 2012 |  5:26 pm

Nadia lockyerA former Bay Area politician and the estranged wife of the state treasurer -- who has struggled publicly with substance-abuse problems that led her to resign earlier this year -- faces criminal charges in Orange County following her arrest after being found in possession and under the influence of drugs, law enforcement officials said.

Nadia Lockyer, an Alameda County supervisor until April, was arrested by the Orange Police Department on Aug. 28, after law enforcement received a call from a tipster saying she was in possession of drugs, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office. The identity of the tipster has not been revealed.

Lockyer, 41, was living with her 9-year-old son at a relative's home in Orange.

When police went to the home, they found she was in possession of methamphetamine and saw "objective signs" that she was under the influence of the drug, Emami said.

Police also found drug paraphernalia, including an opium pipe and tubular aluminum foil with a burned end, according to the criminal complaint.

Lockyer faces four charges: a felony count of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and child abuse.

Lockyer is a native of Orange County and a former trustee for the Santa Ana Board of Education, elected in 1998.

Lockyer resigned her position in Alameda County amid a months-long drug and sex scandal,  The Times reported.

She said in February that she had been assaulted in February by her former boyfriend, Stephen Chikhani, in a motel room. She also admitted to undergoing rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse.

Her husband, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, filed for divorce in July, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

A spokesman for Lockyer told the Mercury News on Wednesday that the veteran Democratic politician hopes "Nadia has a successful recovery, and he wants to make clear that Diego" -- the couple's son -- "is living with him in the Bay Area and he's safe and sound."


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Photo: Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer at a meeting. Credit: Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group