Drugs seized and citations issued at traffic checkpoint

Travelers on Chestnut Street had the opportunity to see a law enforcement checkpoint in action earlier this week as part of a multiagency effort checking drivers’ licenses.

According to the Highlands Police Department, officers from HPD, Macon County Sheriff’s Office, and NC State Highway Patrol took part in a driver’s license checking station near the intersection of Lower Lake Road and Big Bearpen Road on Jan 10.

Law enforcement conducts a license check on Jan. 10.

Officers were in the area for approximately one hour and wrote several warning notices and citations for vehicle registration and driver’s license violations.

In addition, K9 officers from Highlands Police Department and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office were utilized to sniff multiple vehicles.

The operation also yielded the seizure of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia, in which charges are forthcoming.

“This checkpoint was a coordinated effort between multiple agencies to help deal with complaints of traffic violations and criminal activity in the Highlands Area,” said Highlands Police Chief Andrea Holland. “Citizens can expect to see further enforcement activities such as this around Highlands as we maintain our commitment to providing a safe community. We look forward to continued cooperation with our community and our fellow law enforcement agencies in our continued efforts.”  

Pictured at the top of the article are officers from HPD, MCSO, and NC State Highway Patrol who took part in a traffic checkpoint on Jan. 10.

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