Newark NJ law enforcement recently arrested two local men who allegedly had multiple AK-47 guns and a large quantity of heroin at a local residence.
The arrests were made just before 9:00 p.m. The Newark Police Department began an investigation into the suspects after receiving an anonymous tip about illegal drug activity at a housing complex.
Detectives with the Newark Police Special Enforcement Bureau were sent to the Grace West Manor housing complex, which is located on Irvine Turner Boulevard in Newark, New Jersey. The Newark NJ detectives surrounded the building and soon noticed the two suspects talking to each other in a courtyard. When police saw that the suspects were armed with guns, detectives began to approach the men.
As soon as the suspects noticed police officers in the area, they allegedly tossed their weapons inside a nearby utility shed.
The suspects then reportedly began to run from the detectives, prompting a brief chase on foot. One of the suspects, a 30-year-old male from Newark, was quickly captured and placed under arrest by Newark law enforcement.
The second suspect, also a 30-year-old man from Newark NJ, managed to get inside an apartment in the housing complex. The suspect reportedly refused to surrender to authorities, prompting the Newark Police Department’s Emergency Response Team to storm inside the apartment and apprehend the suspect.
After arresting both suspects, police searched the area and reportedly found two fully loaded AK-47s, a 9mm handgun, and 142 packets of heroin. Police officers also reportedly seized almost $500 in cash found on the suspects.
The two suspects face a number of criminal charges, including illegal handgun possession, possession of heroin, and resisting arrest.
After the suspects were processed and charged, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose issued a statement commending Newark law enforcement for removing more than 300 guns from Newark NJ streets so far this year. Ambrose also called on members of the public to report any criminal activity by calling the Newark Police Department’s Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS or 877-NWK-GUNS.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “2 AK-47s, Heroin Seized in Newark Drug Arrests, Police Say.”