According to authorities, Essex County Sheriff’s Office officers executed a search warrant for illegal drugs in the basement of a vacant apartment located on Clifton Avenue. During the search of the apartment, police allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia used to process and package drugs.
While conducting the search, officers saw the 34-year-old suspect sitting in his parked car in the driveway.
Detectives ordered the suspect to get out of his car. While the suspect was stepping out of the vehicle, the detectives allegedly spotted a 9mm Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun on the seat.
When police inspected the gun, they saw that it was loaded with illegal hollow-point bullets.
Additionally, when police ran a check on the gun, they learned that it had been reported stolen out of Chesapeake City, Maryland in early 2014.
Police placed the suspect under arrest.
The suspect was later arraigned on several charges, including unlawful possession of a weapon.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Newark Man Caught with Stolen Gun During Drug Raid, Sheriff Says.”