Sheriff's Detectives & Feds Make Gun, Drugs Arrest PDF Print E-mail

Newark – A city woman was arraigned today on multiple weapons and drug charges following her arrest yesterday afternoon by Essex County sheriff’s detectives and federal law enforcement officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics and federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant, issued by Superior Court Judge Peter J. Vasquez, for apartment 36 at 333 Park Avenue in Newark’s north ward.

After failing to get a response to several attempts at knocking on the door and hearing noises inside the apartment, the officers made a forced entry, fearing the destruction of evidence.

The task force officers found Odette Arias, age 32, in the apartment’s living room and she was detained while the apartment was searched.

In a kitchen cabinet, sheriff’s BON detectives discovered 16.6 grams of cocaine secreted in a cabinet. A fully loaded, .45 caliber Hi-Point semi-automatic handgun was also discovered taped underneath the kitchen table.

At that point, Arias was placed under arrest.

From the top of a dresser in the apartment’s bedroom, sheriff’s detectives discovered 205 grams of marijuana in plastic sandwich bags and note pads containing alleged narcotics ledgers. In the bedroom closet, the sheriff’s officers discovered a black plastic garbage bag containing various narcotics paraphernalia, including a digital scale, a strainer and empty glassine envelopes.

Arias was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of the William Horton School. Arias was also charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon while committing a narcotics crime and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

At today’s arraignment, Judge Roslyn Holmes – Grant ordered set bail on Arias at $100,000 cash bond only.