Multiple Arrests Yields Large Amount of Narcotics, 2 Guns & 4 Suspects PDF Print E-mail

Newark – In a series of three separate plainclothes operations conducted today and on Wednesday, Essex County sheriff’s detectives arrested four suspects and filed weapons and drug charges against them.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant today at 9:30 a.m. at 73 Cutler Avenue in Newark,

Prior to executing the search warrant Toure Arrington, age 35, and a target of the investigation was detained at Bradley Court and brought to his residence. When the search warrant was executed Najee Lewis was already in the kitchen and he was also detained.

In searching the kitchen, the BON detectives discovered 150 decks of heroin, labeled “CHAMP” in green ink, and an additional 160 grams of loose cocaine in the refrigerator.

In the bedroom, the sheriff’s officers discovered a fully loaded, 9mm Taurus semi-automatic handgun.

From a dining room table drawer, the BON detectives discovered 130 oxycodone tablets, 2,000 vials of ‘crack’ cocaine, three ammunition clips for an AK-47 assault rifle, 83 rounds of other ammunition and an assortment of narcotics packaging and processing paraphernalia.

“The two suspects were apparently operating a drug boutique,” Sheriff Fontoura noted, “and they were prepared to defend their illicit trafficking operation.”

Multiple weapons and narcotics charges were filed against Arrington and Lewis.

Newark municipal court Judge Arthur Batista set bail at $250,000 cash bond only on both suspects who are lodged at the county jail where they await arraignment.

At 10:00 a.m. today, the sheriff said his BON detectives executed a second search warrant for the basement apartment at 371 Lincoln Avenue in Newark.

Fontoura said that the BON detectives surrounded the building and observed Israel “Kojack” Hernandez, age 39, who was the target of the investigation exit his residence and attempt to leave the scene in his van.

The BON officers detained Hernandez and made a forced entry into his apartment.

In the suspect’s bedroom closet the sheriff’s detectives discovered and seized 225 grams of cocaine and packaging and processing materials.

Hernandez was charged with possession of CDS, possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of CDS paraphernalia. Judge Batista also set bail on Hernandez at $250,000 cash bond only.

“The narcotics recovered today have a street value in excess of $50,000,” Sheriff Fontoura pointed out.

In response to recent shootings in Orange, the sheriff’s BON detectives, working with Orange police officers, continued intensified plainclothes operations in that city on Wednesday.

Sheriff Fontoura said that while on patrol in a known high drug trafficking area the BON detectives spotted a suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Ryan Myricks, loitering in the driveway of 456 Central Avenue. The sheriff’s officers also observed that Myrick’s front right pants pocket bulged as if he were carrying a weapon.

When the BON detectives moved in to investigate Myrick ran from the scene, reached into his pants pocket and threw a handgun behind a tree. The suspect then ran into an alleyway and attempted to climb on top of a garage roof. Myrick fought with the officers but was quickly subdued and placed under arrest.

The suspect’s fully loaded Taurus .357 Magnum revolver was recovered.

Myricks was charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and resisting arrest. He was also found to be the subject of an open warrant for robbery.

Orange municipal court Judge Harold Fullilove, Jr., set bail on Myricks at $155,000 cash bond only. The suspect was lodged at the county jail where he awaits arraignment.