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Number Of Drug-, Alcohol-Related Arrests In Santa Clarita Climbs In Second Weekend Of 2020

Over half of the arrests reported in Santa Clarita over the weekend were related to drugs and alcohol, an increase in the number of such arrests since the previous weekend, officials said.

Between Friday, Jan. 10 and Sunday, Jan. 12, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and officers with the California Highway Patrol Newhall Area Office made 39 arrests within the Santa Clarita Valley, according to weekend arrest records.

Of those arrests, 21 were related to drugs and alcohol, with 11 reported instances of DUI, four arrests for possession of a controlled substance and three reported incidents of being under the influence.

The previous weekend saw fewer overall arrests at a total of 29, with 14 of those being drug- and alcohol-related. This weekend’s drug- and alcohol-related arrests represented 21 out of 39 total arrests.

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These arrests reflect a roughly 6 percent increase in such crimes compared to the previous weekend. While drug- and alcohol-related arrests increased over the weekends of December, there was a drop-off in the first weekend of 2020, according to officials.

A total of 14 of the arrests made were for individuals who reported having home addresses outside of the Santa Clarita Valley, while 12 were reportedly homeless, according to weekend arrest records.

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David Melnarik was born and raised in Santa Clarita, graduating from Hart Senior High School in 2014. David is currently a Video and News intern at KHTS with plans to complete his Associates Degree of Arts in filmmaking at College of the Canyons in Spring 2019.