2 Arrested: Drugs, Weapon Seized PDF Print E-mail

Newark – A male suspect was arraigned today on drug charges following his arrest on Friday by Essex County sheriff’s detectives. And, following a second arrest, an East Orange man was arraigned on weapons and assault charges.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated as part of an on-going investigation into drug trafficking in the city’s South Ward officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant on Friday afternoon for an apartment at 116 Chadwick Avenue. The apartment’s occupant, Khalil Brown, age 32, was the target of the investigation.

Sheriff Fontoura said that the BON detectives initially spotted Brown as he exited his residence and drove from the scene in a 2002 Chevrolet van. The van was pulled over after a few blocks and the suspect was detained.

“Throughout the course of our investigation we had developed solid information that the suspect had been dealing a wide variety of drugs on our streets,” Fontoura noted.

In searching Brown’s apartment, the sheriff’s detectives discovered a black shopping bag in the dresser drawer of the suspect’s bedroom.

The bag was found to contain 200 heroin-filled glassine envelopes, stamped “BEAUTIFUL” in blue ink, 84 heroin-filled envelopes, stamped “BLUE DREAM” in red ink, 4 grams of ‘crack’ cocaine in loose form, 50 glass vials of ‘crack’ cocaine’ and 292 oxycodone tablets. The estimated street value of the narcotics is in excess of $10,000.

Fontoura added that the BON detectives also seized drug processing and packaging paraphernalia from the apartment. “From the looks of it, he was operating his own small pharmacy,” the sheriff added.

Brown was charged with three counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute with 1000 feet of a school, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public housing complex and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

At today’s arraignment, Judge Roslyn Holmes – Grant ordered Brown held at the county jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bond only.

In an unrelated incident, Sheriff Fontoura said BON detectives were on plainclothes patrol in the area of North 11th Street and 4th Avenue when they observed Haamid Bennett, age 23, behind the wheel of a parked 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Bennett was talking to the four occupants of his vehicle. Bennett was known to the BON detectives from a previous drug arrest.

When the sheriff’s officers slowed down the four passengers bailed out of the Jeep and ran from the scene.

As the BON unmarked unit blocked Bennett’s vehicle in the front to further investigate, the suspect attempted to leave the area by putting his car in reverse.

The BON officers also put their vehicle in reverse, blocking that path of escape.

As the sheriff’s detectives approached the suspect vehicle they observed the handle of a gun wedged between the driver’s seat and the center console.

Bennett ignored repeated commands to exit the Jeep. Finally, he was grabbed and physically removed from his vehicle. At that point, Bennett began kicking and shoving the sheriff’s detectives.

The suspect was subdued, handcuffed and placed under arrest.

A fully loaded, Ruger .357 Magnum handgun, determined to have been stolen in East Orange, was seized from the Jeep.

Bennett was charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

Judge Holmes – Grant ordered Bennett held at the county jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.