After hundreds of cyclists and motorcyclists took to the streets of Miami again on the day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, authorities announced Tuesday the number of arrests made for breaking the law.
The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) said that following the conclusion of a countywide traffic enforcement initiative that began on Friday, January 13, 2023, they recorded 62 arrests for crimes committed over the weekend, 17 arrests for misdemeanor, traffic offenses 3 arrests were registered for. And 11 warrants were issued.
Additionally, they reported the seizure of several vehicles: 2 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), 8 motorcycles and two stolen vehicles were recovered.
They also reported the recovery of 15 firearms (14 pistols and 1 rifle), the seizure of $11,602, and a variety of drugs.
In total, 372 grams of cocaine, 846 grams of marijuana, 14 grams of MDMA, 5 grams of oxycodone and 3.4 grams of fentanyl were seized.
Authorities promised a strong hand against the actions of motorcyclists and those taking advantage of the date to commit crimes on South Florida’s highways and streets.
But beyond these actions, the annual event honoring the memory of Dr. King, the civil rights activist who delivered the famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington DC in August 1963, also returned to the streets of Miami. Civil rights and equality.
The theme of the parade was “Powering Dreams”, inspired by the King’s vision of uniting all people in peace.