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Crack, marijuana seized by police
Trinity Standard - November 2009
TRINITY – Increased police patrols in areas known for drug sales resulted in the arrest Monday, Oct. 12, of a 20-year-old Trinity man on drug charges.
Blaze Rasberry was charged with possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct after being taken into custody by Police Chief Steve Jones and Sgt. Thomas Park.
According to Jones, the two officers were on patrol when they spotted a suspect standing in front of a Smith Street residence acting suspiciously.
When they stopped to question the man, they noticed that he moved around a parked vehicle and from his body movement, they felt he had kicked something under the car.
A .40 caliber automatic pistol was subsequently recovered from under the vehicle.
Jones said they also subsequently found six rocks of crack cocaine, seven Swisher Sweet mini-cigars stuffed with marijuana and a pink pill believed to be the drug ecstasy. All of the drug were located in a backpack identified as belonging to Rasberry.
Jones said the area of Smith Street when Rasberry was arrested is known to police as a high traffic area for drug dealers.
“We are stepping up our patrols in areas where there has been a great deal of drug activity in the past,” the police chief said.
“Anyone who sees anything or knows anything about drug activity should contact us at the Trinity Police Department (594-2505) or call anonymously to the Trinity County Crime Stoppers (642-2334),” he added.
As part of that increase patrol activity, Jones said on Monday, Oct., 5, officers issued citations to a 16-year-old juvenile and a 17-year-old companion after they were found with “seeds and sticks” from marijuana.
The two were questioned by police on Sabine Street in an area known as The Tree behind the Trinity Community Center.
“That area was once a very high traffic area for drug deals and we managed to chase the dealers away,” Jones said. “They seem to be starting to come back so we are going to be patrolling that area a lot more now.”
Sex offender charged
For the second time in less than a week, Trinity police arrested a sexual offender for failing to property register with police.
Albert Grove, 30, was arrested on Monday, Oct. 5, by Officer John Raiford after he failed to register his residence as was required by state law.
“Each sexual offender has different rules to go by, based on their offense,” Jones said.
“Mrs. Grove was required to register every year on his birthday and when he failed to do so this year, Officer Raiford obtained a warrant and picked him up.”
On Oct. 1, Raiford picked up Thomas Hill, 42, of Trinity for the same offense. In that case, Hill was required to register every 90 days.