By Mike LaBella
---- — 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.
Jerry Taylor, 51, 819 River St., operating with a suspended license (subsequent offence), improper turn, 40 Bailey Blvd., 8:46 p.m.
Nalasha Ayala, 25, 70 High St., operating a motor vehicle in violation of class, 40 Bailey Blvd., 9:16 p.m.
Petronilo Velazquez, 27, 38 Portland St., operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to signal, 40 Bailey Blvd., 9 p.m.
Charles Ambers, 27, 16 Proctor St., first floor, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, 40 Bailey Blvd.
Matthew Harris, 27, 61 Jackson St., unlicensed operation, 40 Bailey Blvd.
Shakeel Taylor, 19, 320 South Main St., unlicensed operation, negligent operation, lights violation, 40 Bailey Blvd., 9:16 p.m.
Gregory Hinchcliffe, 43, 13 Marshall St., operating with a revoked license, Lafayette Square, 10 p.m.
Jeremy Poisson, 19, Byron Street, warrant, High Street and Albion Street, 10:47 p.m.
Eric Sovie, 38, 26 Lancaster St., operating under the influence of liquor, crosswalk violation, 200 Main St., 11 p.m.
Gary Mazza, 53, Albert Avenue, operating with a revoked license, equipment violation, Route 97 and Computer Drive, 11 p.m.
Jonathan Daly, 20, 26 Briarwood Road, warrant, 40 Bailey Blvd., 11:45 p.m.
Joseph Rosario, 18, 23 Arthur St., unlicensed operation, seat belt violation, lights violation, 40 Bailey Blvd., 11:45 p.m.
Cristino Ayala, 31, 113 Portland St., operating with a suspended license, lights violation, 40 Bailey Blvd., 11:45 p.m.
Jorge Reyes, 37, 27 Broadway, unlicensed operation, number plate light violation, Route 97, 12:30 a.m.
Travis Brown, 45, 7 Columbia Park, unlicensed operation, 40 Bailey Blvd., 12:35 a.m.
Haverhill police also arrested the following people during traffic stops:
Anil Saini, 21, 85 Groveland St., operating with a suspended licence, Main Street and Arlington Street, 9:40 p.m.
Mitchell George, 40, 35 Leyland Ave., operating after revocation, lane violation, (warrants for operating after suspension and unregistered motor vehicle), Winter Street, 10:48 p.m.
Anthony Lewis, 22, 23 Central Ave., Salisbury, operating after revocation (subsequent offense), Bedford Street, 11:52 a.m.
Cristino Ayala, 31, 113 Portland St., operating with a suspended license, lights violation, Route 125/Route 97, 12:32 a.m.
Shyke Jarteh, 19, Lowell, warrant, 40 Bailey Blvd., 12:40 p.m.
Joel Garcia, 24, 214 Winter St., operating with a suspended license, 40 Bailey Blvd., 2:09 a.m., Saturday.
Scott Ferreira, 27, 25 Kelly St., operating without a license (subsequent offense), defective equipment, giving a false name to police, warrant for suspended license and uninsured, 40 Bailey Blvd., 2:09 a.m. Saturday.