CHP, Oakland PD fight crima, DUIs California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Program

March 4, 2009 6:22:03 PM PST
A partnership between the California Highway Patrol and Oakland Police is taking drugs and criminals off the city's streets.

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The CHP is providing Oakland police with the extra officers it needs to increase the number of DUI checkpoints, and make routine traffic stops.

But more than one of those routine stops has resulted in far more than a traffic ticket.

"We were able to arrest the driver for driving under the influence but also arrest him for possession of heroin for sale, black tar heroin, white powder heroin, methadone tablets and syringes," said Area CHP Commander Don Morrell.

Authorities deny charges that racial profiling is involved in the traffic stops.

The statewide effort is funded by a $7 million grant from 'Cal-GRIP,' the "California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Program."

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