Police in Newark NJ recently arrested two men on gun and drug charges in separate incidents.
According to law enforcement, patrol officers with the Newark Police Special Conditions Unit observed a group of people react suspiciously and split up as soon as the officers walked past them on Hawthorne Avenue in Newark, New Jersey.
Police allegedly saw the 20-year-old suspect, who was part of the group, holding a black handgun as he walked away. The officers also reportedly saw him attempting to conceal the handgun.
Police later stopped the suspect in a nearby driveway. Although the suspect did not have the weapon in his possession when police searched him, they allegedly discovered the gun, a loaded .38-caliber revolver, inside a stereo speaker that was lying in the driveway.
The suspect was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.
Police later learned that the gun had been reported stolen out of Detroit.
Less than one hour after making the weapons-related arrest, Newark police arrested another person for allegedly selling drugs and guns out of a residence on the 100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Newark, New Jersey.
Narcotics detectives with the Newark Police Department received an anonymous tip about the suspect. Police then set up surveillance outside the house and allegedly saw the suspect look out of a window.
When the suspect exited the house and started to walk on 7th Avenue, police placed him under arrest.
While the suspect was in police custody, detectives knocked on the door to the residence and peered through a window. Police reportedly saw a gun protruding from a couch inside the house.
Police then entered the house and allegedly found a .22-caliber Beretta hidden underneath a couch cushion. Police also allegedly found 66 baggies of marijuana, six baggies of cocaine, 66 oxycodone pills, and assorted drug paraphernalia. Additionally, police reportedly seized $312 in cash.
The suspect was later charged with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, prescription drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
For additional information about this case, see NJ.com article entitled “Man Was Selling Drugs and Guns from Newark Home, Police Say.”