Newark – Two handguns were recovered last night by Essex County sheriff’s officers and drug charges were filed against a city man.
Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that Patrol Division officers were in the process of recovering a stolen automobile and a stolen motorcycle in front of 74 South 13th Street when a 2002 Lincoln LS driven by a sole male occupant accelerated rapidly and swerved towards the officers who were forced to jump onto the sidewalk to avoid being struck.
Sheriff Fontoura said that a license plate check of the Lincoln brought the officers to 81 4th Street, the last known address of the car’s owner.
When a male, later identified as Wendel Thornton, age 29, answered the knock at the door the officers immediately smelled the pungent odor of burnt marijuana. Thornton subsequently agreed to a search of the premises and the sheriff’s officers discovered a small amount of marijuana on a living room coffee table.
A .357 Ruger revolver, stolen from Beaufort County South Carolina, a .22 caliber Rohm revolver and a cache of ammunition were discovered in a bedroom dresser drawer.
A further search of the residence yielded scales, pipes and drug packaging paraphernalia which were found in the kitchen.
Thornton was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property (handgun). The suspect was transported to the Essex County jail where he was released, pending arraignment in criminal Central Judicial Processing court.
An investigation into the identity of the driver of the Lincoln is on-going.