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Investigation of Drug Sales at Skate Park Yields 14 Arrests

After complaints of alleged drug use and the sale of drugs at the Clinton Skate Park, police initiated an investigation that resulted in the arrest of 14 individuals, two of whom are from Clinton.

 

After an eight-month investigation into alleged illegal drug sales and drug use at the Clinton Skate Park, members of the Clinton Police Department issued 14 arrest warrants including four for individuals from Clinton, Westbrook and Old Saybrook, two of whom are juveniles.

According to police, community members had complained of alleged drug use and the selling of drugs at the local skate park located at the Ethel Peters Recreational Complex off Glenwood Road.  The park is located adjacent to the Lewin G. Joel Elementary School.

"As a result of the investigation, police also developed information on other unrelated crimes and arrest warrants were issued," said police.

All 14 subjects were arrested, said police, and are scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior court at later dates.

The four local suspects include:

David Nazario, 21, of Glenwood Road in Clinton. He was arrested and charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, burglary in the third degree, larceny in the third degree, the sale of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school (Joel Elementary School) and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Nazario was held on total of $100,000 in bonds and is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior court on March 21.

Brett Tucker, 19, of Allendale Road in Old Saybrook. He was arrested and charged with four counts of the sale of marijuana, three counts of possession of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school (Joel Elementary School), and three counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Tucker was taken into custody with the assistance of the Eastern Connecticut State University Police in Willimantic. He was transported to the Clinton Police Department where he is being held on bond and is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior court on March 21.

A 17 year old male juvenile from Westbrook was arrested in Westbrook with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police. The juvenile was charged with two counts of the sale of narcotics, two counts of the sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and conspiracy to sell narcotics.   

A 15 year old male juvenile from Clinton was arrested and charged with two counts of conspiracy to sell marijuana.

More arrests are expected in this investigation, said police.                        

Adrienne March 22, 2013 at 04:44 PM
To those of you whom feel as you are entitled to shake your fingers in a "I told you so" attitude, I implore you to step back and look at this with a less sterotypical perspective. Individuals who ride BMX bikes, skateboard, etc. should not be labeled as being bad people just because they participate in a sport that steps outside the boundaries of "traditional" sports. In fact, most of the individuals that I know who ride bikes and skateboard live devoid of any sort of drinking or smoking let alone using illicit drugs. I married one of these individuals and I am proud of the fact that he is still passionate about riding and is equally passionate about living a life free of alchol and drugs. To sit here and assert that everyone who uses the park is up to no good and should be defined by the actions of those arrested is insulting and downright ignorant. I would like to point out that drug abuse amongst teens is a national epidemic and no town can claim that it is free of these issues. You will find these issues amongst teens of all interests: the class President who drinks on the weekend, the football super star who smokes a joint with his friends, the AP student who tries ecstasy. The list goes on. Does that mean that the football field will be closed until the players stop smoking? No. My point is, these things are going to happen and you cannot judge a whole population for the deplorable behaviors of some.
Angel March 22, 2013 at 09:13 PM
I hope everyone's hands are clean that are commenting and I hope you are looking at the situation from all angles. No one knows why they were making the decisions they did. And "oh no sawed off shot gun!" ever think it was for self protection from all the crazies? who knows! You can't start bashing parents or skateboarders, or who ever you want to bash on when you don't have the whole story. Do something else like pray for them. Thanks.
Darryl G. March 23, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Note that only two of those arrested were "kids."
Idiocracy March 23, 2013 at 03:47 AM
These people were not skaters, believe me. The perp lives close to the skate park & was using the whole area for his drug activity; we witnessed the drug dealings on a daily basis off off Glenwood close to where he lives. The skate park is in walking distance from his house & he was walking down there to do business; don't blame the skate park. Not everyone is a culprit. Lets just be glad they are off the street for now.

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