Machine Gun, Semi-auto Handgun & Heroin Seized During Arrest PDF Print E-mail

Newark – A suspect was arraigned today on multiple weapons and drug charges following his arrest by Essex County sheriff’s detectives last night.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that a 2006 Chrysler 300 involved in a shooting event on Wednesday night was found parked in front of 402 Mt. Prospect Avenue on Thursday evening by a sheriff’s officer on patrol in that vicinity.

The sheriff added that detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics were provided this information and they conducted a plainclothes stake-out on the suspect vehicle.

At 5:30 p.m., Kevin Barber, age 25, exited 402 Mt. Prospect Avenue and entered the vehicle. Barber was immediately detained and questioned. Minutes later, Barber’s male roommate, 36-year-old Sharon Johnson, exited the residence and was also detained and questioned.

Johnson gave written consent to the BON detectives for a search of his apartment.

Upon entering the apartment, the sheriff’s officers discovered and seized a 45 caliber, ACP submachine gun , loaded with a 30-round banana clip, a defaced, 9mm, Ruger semi-automatic pistol, loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition, 1,994 envelopes of heroin and an additional assortment of 81 rounds of ammunition, including 14 illegal hollow point bullets for a .32 caliber handgun. The weapons, drugs and ammunition were all found on the shelves of a living room liquor bar.

Barber was charged with two counts each of the unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon while committing a narcotics crime and one count each of the possession of a defaced weapon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of hollow point bullets, 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 Robert Treat Academy.

At today’s arraignment, Judge Roslyn Holmes – Grant ordered Barber held at the county jail in lieu of $450,000 cash bond only.

Johnson was found to be wanted by the Newark municipal court on a motor vehicle charge. He was issued a summonses to appear in court at a future date and released.