Sobriety Checkpoint Nets Arrests on Drug Sales, DUI Charges

Berlin police arrested three motorists on suspicion of DUI and two other area residents were detained and charged after police determined they were found in possession of more than an ounce of marijuana with the intent to sell.

Credit: Patch.
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Two police sobriety checkpoints over the weekend led Berlin officers to arrest five people on charges, including two on drug charges that led to the seizure of more than an ounce of marijuana and over $4,000 in cash.

The Berlin Police Department conducted two separate checkpoints as part of a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Division. Both checkpoints were set up on the southbound side of the Berlin Turnpike in the area of Deming Road, one Friday evening and one Saturday evening, according to Deputy Chief John Klett.

“Of the 1,729 vehicles passing through the checkpoint (over the two evenings), 28 were flagged by the contact officer for DUI testing and other investigative interviews,” Klett said.

On Saturday evening, police said the traffic stops led to the arrest of two people that had a total of 1.4 ounces of marijuana and $4,030 in cash. The two will appear in New Britain Superior Court later this month for arraignment, police said.

The Friday checkpoint caught two people on suspicion of DUI, Klett said Tuesday, while the Saturday checkpoint netted one arrest. In addition, a total of 16 vehicles were towed from the scene and 18 citations given, including one for possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana.

The results, reported by the Berlin Police Department on Tuesday, were as follows:

  • Three people were charged with driving under the influence.
  • Two people were charged with possession of marijuana and possession with the intent to sell.

The following citations were also issued:

  • Eight people were cited with operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
  • Five people were cited with operating a motor vehicle under suspension.
  • Three people were cited with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
  • One person was cited with operating a motor vehicle without insurance.
  • One person was cited with illegal possession of marijuana.

“The grant helps to provide funding to staff additional DUI patrols as well as roadside sobriety checkpoints,” Klett said, noting that it provided a 75 percent reimbursement. “Roadside sobriety checkpoints have been shown to be the most effective method to detect and apprehend under the influence drivers.”

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