On Saturday, June 30th the Wareham Police Department and Massachusetts State Police joined in a cooperative effort to increase motor vehicle safety with intensive traffic patrols and a Sobriety Checkpoint on the Cranberry Hwy. (Rte. 6&28) for the purpose of removing intoxicated operators from the roadways.
During the traffic enforcement phase of the operation, Wareham officers and State troopers conducted over 140 motor vehicle stops and issued 105 citations for various motor vehicle infractions, including speeding, defective equipment, and other vehicle safety issues. Along with the issued citations, Mass State Police made an arrest of a male for the illegal possession of drugs.
Later in the night, State Police and Wareham officers conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint in the area of Sullivan Tire on Rte. 6&28. During the hours of 11:00 pm to 3:00 am, 610 vehicles were encountered at the checkpoint, where observations were made with regard to operators possibly operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a result of the vehicles stopped at the checkpoint, 7 operators were placed under arrest for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, while three passengers were placed in Protective Custody, due to being intoxicated and unable to drive.
The operators placed under arrest were to be arraigned at the Wareham Fourth District Court on Monday, July 2, 2012.
Chief Richard Stanley commended the cooperative effort of the Mass. State Police and Wareham Police Department in the concerted effort toward the goal of increasing safety on the roadways of Wareham. Chief Stanley stated that the cooperative effort between the Wareham Police Department and the Mass. State Police will continue with further efforts and initiatives to keep motor vehicle safety a top priority.
The Wareham Police Department reports that since June 19, 2012, the Detective Division has been conducting aggressive law enforcement initiatives throughout Wareham in an effort to arrest drug violators and people with outstanding warrants in an effort to make Wareham safer and improve quality of life issues for all residents and visitors to our town.
During this enforcement initiative, Detectives arrested 22 people on outstanding arrest warrants with charges ranging from failure to pay fines and committing probation violations, to those involving incidents of larceny, assaults, and various types of robberies. Three subjects were also arrested and charged with various drug violations during a motor vehicle stop and investigation by detectives that was initiated by the Patrol Division. During the time of this enforcement, detectives also executed a search warrant for illegal drugs at the Brandy Hill Apartment complex, at which time two adult males were arrested and charged with the distribution and possession of cocaine. Another incident involved the arrests of two males, who were charged with the possession of heroin and cocaine in the Shangri-la section of Wareham on June 26, 2012.
Chief Richard Stanley praised the aggressive actions of the Detective Division and their efforts during a successful operation that led to the arrests of 29 criminals in Wareham since June 19, 2012. Chief Stanley assures the citizens of Wareham that aggressive action by the Wareham Police Department to rid the streets of Wareham from criminal activity will continue.