OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Police in Oakland on Wednesday gave details about recent weekend enforcement to stop illegal vending of marijuana and alcohol in the area around Lake Merritt.
On Saturday, July 17, officers from the department’s Alcoholic Beverage Action Team (ABAT) teamed with OPD’s Lake Merritt Enforcement Detail to find and cite unpermitted vendors selling pot and alcohol near the lake.READ MORE: Remains of Pearl Harbor Attack Casualty Identified as Sailor From Stockton
Last weekend, OPD's Alcoholic Beverage Action Team (ABAT) & OPD’s Lake Merritt Enforcement Detail, identified unpermitted vendors selling marijuana/alcohol at Lake Merritt. Officers made arrest/recovered a firearm. See full story#STANDUPSAFEOAKLANDhttps://t.co/7i5XM8oxAu pic.twitter.com/eZDgwuL7Wk
— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) July 21, 2021READ MORE: Arrest Made In Fatal Weekend Shooting Outside Walnut Creek Nightclub
At 12:30 p.m. on the 500 block of Grand Avenue, officers identified an unpermitted vendor selling marijuana. As officers approached the man, he fled and quickly discarded a loaded firearm. Officers recovered the firearm and pursued the man, eventually apprehending and arresting him.
Police also found a second vendor who was determined to be selling alcohol. Officers seized the alcohol and cited the man.MORE NEWS: Tamarack Fire Update: Crews Brace for More Extreme Fire Behavior Near Hwy 395
“The Oakland Police Department’s ABAT Team continues to address community concerns regarding unpermitted vendor sales of marijuana and alcohol,” said the department’s ABAT Coordinator Jennifer Sena. “Operations will continue regarding unpermitted vendors selling marijuana and alcohol, in and around Lake Merritt and throughout our city.”