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.                        

Mary Saunders March 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM
> s smith just because a child likes a skate board over a basketball I do not think having a skate park was a breeding ground for such activity. There are a lot of great kids who use that park and a group of athletes of other sports that are known for drug activity. Thanks CPD for your work
Kristen T. March 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I would love to attend a meeting too. My kids ask all the time to go to the skate park and my answer is always no. It would be nice to one day say yes.
Susan March 21, 2013 at 02:27 PM
It's time they year that park down. It had always been a problem. Who was the idiot who put it all the way in the back. They should reverse the spots and put it where the dog park is.
Idiocracy March 21, 2013 at 03:38 PM
It's about time! One of these guys was always seen dealing drugs on our street close to the school & we constantly reported the activity to the police, but didn't think anything would ever be done about it. I feel safer knowing that I can walk my dog at night without being a witness to these crimes.
Slime Pig March 21, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Susan, the dog park is mulch and fence where the cfd burned down an old house for practice. Thanks Clinton for spending money on one thing for no sport kids
Cletus March 21, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Wow, what a great idea! Put a skate park 6 feet from a major roadway with a blind spot coming from the complex exit...Susan you're a genius! And to call the committee who went to lengths to keep kids off the public roadways/parking lots/supermarkets an "idiot?!" You should be embarrassed for yourself!! Advice - take a long look in the mirror and think about hat your saying. PS - drugs are everywhere, and if its not at a skate park, it's at the next hangout. Spend time with your kids, be involved in the community and do your part! That's the best way to deter this garbage!
Roger Philipz March 21, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Susan, I think you mean tear. We need to tear the dog park down, it's nothing but dog poo and mulch. Is that what you meant? Let's be real, a rat is more fit to walk around that "park" than a dog.
Roger Philipz March 21, 2013 at 04:04 PM
You spelled tear wrong, darling.
Mark March 21, 2013 at 05:05 PM
My daughter and son were taking tennis lessons at the park and we had to listen to F bombs from the skate park each lesson. If you say anything, they vandalize your property or drop more F bombs (or both).
S. Smith March 21, 2013 at 05:18 PM
I still find it ironic this park was mostly (or at least partly) built to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble, yet it turned out to be exactly what many feared it would become. There are a lot of great kids out there that I'm sure would love to utlilize this park for what it was intended, it just needs supervision to make sure it stays 'clean' and that's hard to do given the location and lack of personal to oversee it. Hopefully this will be a focal point for the PD going forward. Again, kudos to the CPD for getting things cleaned up!
Cletus March 21, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Ugh, people get with it! The dog park has nothing to do with this article AND was privately funded (meaning it cost the town nothing). Can we get the facts straight before making false commentary?!
Bill Helene March 21, 2013 at 05:45 PM
If the skatepark had been properly sited there wouldn't be this "breeding ground". Instead, the skatepark was placed in a far corner of a park. Community resources for teens should be within ear- and eye-shot of the community at large. Otherwise, they become a magnet for litter, tagging, bullying, and drug dealing. It is not the skatepark's fault. Its not about skateboarding or skateboarders. This is about the unintended consequences of NIMBYism trumping common sense.
jody March 21, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Is there parking , access or lighting at the skate park . Any time restrictions . Camera access . Just wondering . Will check it out later .
Mark March 21, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I think that S. Smith hit the nail on the head. The skate park needs supervision. Thank you CPD.
local supporter March 21, 2013 at 07:28 PM
These punks aren't skaters. This gives really gives real sk8ers a bad name. I know a plethora of them. 1/2 of them wouldn't touch a drug and or never have. They are all a part of sk8 teams and range from 18-35 years of age. They are artists, students, hard working tax payers. They sk8 competitions, benefits to raise money for various reasons that need help in communities. It's really unfortunate they are given such a bad rap. It's kids like this that do this. Not for anything, the skateboarders I know are part of organized sk8 teams. They support each other positively along with their local sk8 shops. I personally think absolutely NONE of this should be going on ANYWHERE let alone a park/beach as a whole. Thumbs up CPD!! Maybe Clinton should rip it out. Honesty, all of the real sk8ers won't go there, EVER because it's full of dirt bags.
Chris March 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Where does one start? I have been skateboarding for almost 15 years. I have toured all over the country and have been to more skate parks than you could image. From supervised high income towns in California to the most sketchiest places in NY. I know it's easy to just blame it on skateboarders which I can promise these kids who were arrested are not skateboarders because I have never seen them riding once at this park or any of the others on the shoreline. To inform those that aren't aware, no one skates or bikes at the Clinton park anymore because last year the town sprayed a material that coated the ramps in (what feels like sand paper) It destroys skateboard wheels and rips several layers of skin when you fall. For those unaware there is a Camera at the park that is set up with a live feed to the police station. It's easy for anyone to judge character and even easier for parents to blame anyone or anything other than themselves for their problem child, which in the end simply comes around to bad parenting. I am not defending all skateboarders because just like football and basketball and every other sport you're going to have a few bad apples. What I will say about skateboarding is that it is a sport that allows for the growth of friendship, where individuals share a passion for progression and commitment. These are the kids who are truly in it for the love. I belong to a skateboard team, which is more a family and less of a team. You get respect, by earning it.
Chris March 21, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Adding one more thing, It's been cold for quite some time now. Skateboarders will go to indoor parks where it is warm and the park isn't covered in snow. So anyone at the park in winter is clearly up to no good. It only takes a little common sense to figure that one out.
brian March 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM
S. Smith, If you have always thought this skatepark was a bad idea then I think you're completely delusional. It's called being a good parent and teaching your child to do the right thing, just because you see what the media portrays as skaters being for lack of a better term, 'alternative rebels' - I think you need to take a step back and think about what you are actually saying. I grew up in the town of Clinton, I hung out with bmxers and skateboarders throughout my entire teenage life, some of them did drugs, some of us didn't - it is what it is but I don't think you can blame on the skatepark.
Clinton local March 22, 2013 at 01:00 AM
There is parking and lighting. The lights in the skatepark turn off around 10 pm. There are also cameras in and outside the park.
Zak March 22, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Some ignorant comments in here. You are being biased because skateboarding gets a bad wrap all the time but it shouldn't. Regardless which sport someone part takes in, there will be drugs, sadly. To get off topic to prove my point, you all shouldn't let you kid ride bikes because lance Armstrong rides bikes and wait, don't let your child because Michael phelps smokes pot. Lets make sure they don't listen to Jimi Hendrix because he OD There is always one bad egg in any situation for the most part.
Tomas March 22, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Oh and on a side note- Fact of the matter is you build a place SPECIFICALLY for kids to congregate at, theres going to be bad kids there. Say the Skatepark was a music venue or Juice bar or something. THE SAME THING WILL HAPPEN. Do not blame skaters and skateboarding. If you knew anything about the sport you would now how great it really is and very few of these types of people are off the street. ....and that kid with a SAWED OFF Shotgun!?!?! lock him up and throw away the key!
Tomas March 22, 2013 at 02:40 AM
That last part did not come out right cause my computer tweaked. VERY few of these kids are drug addicts from off the streets. Most skaters come from broken homes cause their dad is an alcoholic or moms a pill popper. Look at yourself before you blame the kids. Most of them would never inspire to be like their folks.
Mark March 22, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Great comments from some of our skate boarders and quite civil in comparison to some earlier comments. Some or most of the frustration comes from paying taxes and having some of the town perks abused. Again, we appreciate you input.
Susan March 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Sorry I promise never to comment in anything again. This is in MY neighborhood and we were against it from the start. It is in the wrong spot. It should be in the front if the park. Anyone want to relocate it to YOUR neighborhood?
Phil Sengle March 22, 2013 at 01:38 PM
1. Great job by CPD. 2. Where is the parental supervision of youthful druggies? And, 3. I continue to disapprove of people hidng behing pseudonyms so they can post inappropriate comments.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) March 22, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Hey Everyone - the comments are being monitored for this article and many have not been posted due to extreme name-calling (not allowed) or profanity (not allowed). Coded profanity is also not allowed. If you really have a passion or interest in this subject, then you know there are many ways to get your ideas across without insulting others or using profanity. If you cannot think or write that way, your comments will not be allowed.
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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