Marietta Police Department conducted one of the largest safety checkpoints in recent years March 17 on Franklin Road as part of an overall plan to improve the area.
- 73 physical arrests
- 5 driving under the influence cases
- 4 weapons recovered
- 1 stolen vehicle located and recovered
- 184 citations written
More than 80 police officers stopped hundreds of vehicles in the north and southbound lanes of Franklin Road to check licenses, insurance, drivers under the influence of alcohol and other possible traffic violations.
The checkpoint, partially funded by the city's federal Weed and Seed grant, started at 8 p.m. Saturday and ended at Sunday at 2 a.m.
Police made felony cocaine and misdemeanor marijuana charges, and a K-9 searched 37 vehicles resulting in three arrests.
The checkpoint was a joint effort of numerous Marietta Police Department patrol officers, the STEP Unit, Detectives, Community Outreach Unit, Special Response Team members, Marietta Police Explorers, Marietta Probation and Warrant Division, Marietta Cobb Smyrna (MCS) COBRA, COBRA K-9, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, Cobb County Police Department, numerous State Drug Recognition Experts and civilian staff members.
The extremely large operation was part of a strategic plan to conquer what criminal element is left along Franklin Road as the police department and community volunteers focus on improving the quality of life for residents and establishing a safe and secure neighborhood for citizens and businesses.