Eight persons caught contravening traffic laws, one person caught with drugs
Between Friday and Saturday, different sections of the Police Corps were on duty in a number of localities and carried out a number of random inspections, both for drugs as well as for traffic contraventions.
On Friday morning, Anti-Drug Squad officers carried out surprise inspections at Cospicua Waterfront and in Gavino Gulia Square, Cospicua. Assisted by Rapid Intervention Unit officers, the Police stopped a number of persons in the area and searched them for drug possession, but the results were negative.
During the night hours, officers from Valletta and Ħal Qormi Districts, assisted by officers from the Canine Section, the Anti-Drugs Squad and the Police Garage, and together with members of the Armed Forces, inspected 75 vehicles at traffic control points.
The inspections, which began at 10.30 p.m. and ended at 2.30 a.m., started in Triq Ħal Qormi, Marsa, with the following results:
- A 38-year-old man, a resident of Ħaż-Żabbar, was caught driving a Chevrolet Cruze vehicle without a valid licence;
- A Libyan national was caught driving a BMW 320D vehicle without a valid licence;
- A 24-year-old Syrian national, a resident of Ħal Qormi, was caught driving a BMW vehicle without a valid licence.
The controls continued in Triq l-Imdina, Ħal Qormi, with the following result:
- A 20-year-old man, a resident of Ħal Qormi, was caught driving a Nissan March vehicle without a valid licence. A search of the vehicle turned up a quantity of a substance suspected as being cannabis.
The controls were concluded in Triq Sant’Anna, Floriana, with the following results:
- A 41-year-old woman, a resident of St Julian’s, was caught driving a Ford Fusion vehicle without a valid licence;
- A 50-year-old man, a resident of Tas-Sliema, was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol after a breathalyser test resulted positive;
- A 27-year-old woman, a resident of Tal-Pietà, was caught driving a Suzuki Swift vehicle without a valid licence. Further investigation showed that the vehicle’s licence was expired and it was not covered by an insurance policy. The vehicle was towed away by a private tow truck.
During these inspections, other contraventions were issued against a driver for dirtying a public place by disposing of a cigarette end in the road, and against another driver whose vehicle lights were not in conformity with the law.
The Police said they will be issuing charges against these persons, whilst investigations are ongoing.