Armed Suspect with Heroin & Cocaine Arrested PDF Print E-mail

Newark – An armed suspect, accused of narcotics trafficking, was arraigned today following his arrest by Essex County sheriff’s officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that Officers Dominick Petrucci and Ryan Udvarhely were on quality of life patrol in the area of Weequahic Park at 7:45 p.m. on Friday when they observed a 2002 Volkswagen Cabrio convertible parked in front of the Seth Boyden complex, a known high drug trafficking area.

Leaning inside the passenger side window and conversing with the vehicle’s occupants was a suspect, later identified as Aaron Miller, age 19, of Newark.

Sheriff Fontoura said that when officers Petrucci and Udvarhely exited their marked unit to investigate Miller spotted them and began walking away from the scene.

As the suspect continued to walk east on Foster Street, the sheriff’s officers observed Miller as he threw items from his sweatshirt to the ground.

Fontoura said that the officers quickly detained Miller and recovered the items which were found to be five vials of ‘crack’ cocaine.

Miller was placed under arrested and searched for the officers’ safety. The search of Miller’s person yielded a fully loaded, 9mm, P9R semi-automatic handgun with the weapon’s hammer in the cocked position from the suspect’s front waistband. Miller was also found to be in possession of 59 decks of heroin, labeled “RED MONKEY” in red ink, 10 decks of heroin, labeled “REBOOST” in green ink, and an additional six vials of ‘crack’ cocaine.

Miller was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of CDS with intent to distribute. The suspect was also charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, the possession of a weapon while committing a CDS crime and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public housing complex.

At today’s arraignment, Judge Roslyn Holmes – Grant ordered Miller held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 cash bond only.