HAVERHILL — A joint traffic safety operation between Haverhill police, state police and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department on Friday evening led to the arrest of 18 people, 12 of them for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle or driving after revocation or suspension of a driver’s license.
One person was arrested for possession of cocaine and carrying a dangerous weapon and several people were picked up on outstanding arrest warrants.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Department accompanied unmarked and marked cruisers during the traffic stops, transporting prisoners back to the police station where they were booked.
State Police spokesman Trooper Todd Nolan said the State Police Community Action Team, also known as CAT team, that took part in the stops is a multi-faceted group that is involved in traffic safety and crime prevention initiatives. He said the patrols were to reassure the public that law enforcement agencies are working in cooperation with one another to ensure their communities are safer.
Between the hours of 5 p.m. Friday to around midnight, troopers and Haverhill police were on the lookout for moving violations, improper equipment, invalid inspection stickers or plates, excessive tinting of windows, loud exhaust and other signs an observant trooper or officer can use in making stops, Nolan said.
“They were out there actively enforcing motor vehicle laws,” Nolan said about the saturation patrols. “The goal is crime suppression and making a clear and visible police presence and to let the residents know police are out there working to enforce the law.”
The task force arrested the following people during traffic stops on various charges:
Ubance Flores, 27, 63 Webster St., operating a motor vehicle without a license, 40 Bailey Blvd., 8:12 p.m.
Rolando Velazquez, 24, 38 Portland St., operating without a license, red light violation, White Street, 8:01 p.m.
David Case, 43, 35 Arch Ave., possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class B substance, carrying a dangerous weapon, 40 Bailey Blvd., 8:40 p.m.