Newark NJ law enforcement recently arrested more than 150 people during drug raids throughout the city.
The massive police crackdown on illegal narcotics in Newark New Jersey lasted for an entire week and resulted in the seizure of large quantities of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and prescription drugs. Police also reportedly seized several firearms while making arrests in the drug raids.
According to Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, law enforcement made a total of 157 arrests and seized 138 plastic bags filled with marijuana, 264 vials of cocaine, 475 decks of heroin, and 19 prescription painkillers that lacked a valid prescription. (The total street resale value of the drugs is said to be around $7K.) Authorities also reportedly seized $12,000 in cash believed to represent the proceeds of illicit narcotics sales.
The weapons reportedly seized by police included a semi-automatic rifle, multiple handguns, and a BB gun.
Newark NJ police launched the operation after receiving numerous complaints from area residents about illegal drug transactions.
The many individuals arrested during the drug sweep have been charged with a variety of criminal offenses, including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, distribution of cocaine, distribution of heroin, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Anyone convicted of a felony-level drug crime or a felony-level weapons offense could be looking at serious prison time.
After law enforcement concluded the drug operation, Anthony Ambrose praised the “exceptional work” of the detectives involved in the raids. Ambrose noted that police had made Newark safer for residents by “removing illegal guns and drugs” from city streets.
For additional information, read the NJ.com article, “157 Arrested, Guns, Drugs Seized in Newark Week-Long Sweep.”