Spring Break kicks off with drug arrests

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, March 8, 2016


This weekend kicked off Spring Break for many, and local law enforcement had a busy weekend with River Falls Police netting 26 marijuana arrests and numerous minor in possession of alcohol cases.

“Most of the arrests began with speeding and erratic driving traffic stops,” Police Chief Greg Jackson said.

Jackson said the department utilized reserve officers and a traffic grant from the Children’s Policy Council to put extra officers out on patrol.

Additionally, Jackson said they had an arrest for possession of methamphetamine and possession of Molly, also known as MDMA.

Jackson said there has been a rise of Molly use among the college-age crowd.

RFPD used K9s, Juree and Saba in many of the cases.

On Friday night, the officers were involved in a pursuit that ended in an arrest for driving under the influence and attempting to elude as well as reckless endangerment.

The Gantt Police Department also captured two for possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.

A similar situation was had in Okaloosa County.

The OCSO Beach Unit made nearly two-dozen arrests over the weekend.

Twenty-one of the 23 arrests were for underage possession of alcohol. All involved were between 18 and 20.

Another student was arrested for possession of marijuana.

A 20-year-old Mississippi man was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officials said the OCSO has a zero tolerance policy towards underage drinking.

“Our primary concern is keeping people safe and we encourage all our Spring Breakers to obey our laws and avoid becoming a statistic, or making decisions that will earn them a trip to the Okaloosa County Jail,” Sheriff Larry Ashley said.