Suspect Arrested; Assault Rifle, "Bear" Gun & Drugs Seized PDF Print E-mail

NewarkEssex County sheriff’s officers today seized drugs and two weapons, an extremely powerful handgun and a high performance automatic rifle, while arresting a Newark man at his residence.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that sheriff’s detectives arrived at 39 Oxford Street at noon to serve a non-support warrant on Kenneth Jackson, age 49, who resides in apartment 4A.

One of Jackson’s roommates, Quadir McLean answered the officers’ knock and let them into the apartment. Upon entering, the detectives noticed the small burnt ends of marijuana cigarettes in an ashtray.

McLean was detained and the apartment was searched.

When the sheriff’s officers entered a rear bedroom they observed 9 decks of heroin and 4 bags of ‘crack’ cocaine on top of a dresser. At that time, Jackson’s younger brother, later identified as Al-tariq Jackson, age 22, and a 17-year-old juvenile male entered the apartment.

Upon noticing McLean being detained by the officers, Al-tariq Jackson immediately bolted for the rear bedroom. He was subdued and detained.

Returning to the bedroom, the officers spotted an orange knapsack with what appeared to be the handle of a gun protruding from it. The weapon was a loaded, .454 caliber Casull revolver. Also seized from the knapsack was a fully loaded, .40 caliber, Kel-Tec semi-automatic rifle.

“These two weapons constitute significant firepower,” noted Sheriff Fontoura. “To our knowledge the .454 Casull handgun is primarily used by guides in the American west to protect their clients from grizzly bears. The semi-auto carbine is not only deadly but the weapon is designed to fold in half which makes it easy to conceal while being carried.”

Al-tariq Jackson was charged with two counts each of the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Following questioning by sheriff’s detectives, the suspect will be lodged in the county jail to await arraignment on today’s charges. Bail information on Jackson was not available at the time of this report.

McLean was found to be the subject of an open warrant issued by the Newark municipal court and he was also lodged at the jail.