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Newark – In separate incidents this morning and last night, two suspects were arrested by Essex County sheriff’s officers and three weapons and a cache of drugs were recovered.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department executed a bench warrant for drug crimes and non-support on Lashawn Gause, age 35, at his residence, located at 303 South 19th Street, Newark, early this morning.

When the sheriff’s detectives arrived on the scene they were confronted by three unleashed adult pitbulls. After securing the dogs, the suspect’s grandmother gave the sheriff’s officers permission to search the apartment for Gause.

Gause was found hiding under a bed in the rear of the house. A silver, .380 caliber, Cobra semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the bedroom along with 60 vials of ‘crack’ cocaine and drug processing materials.

Gause was charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, possession of a weapon while committing a narcotics crime, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of drug processing paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Superior Court Judge Michael Petrolle set bail on Gause at $200,000 cash bond only and the suspect was lodged at the county jail.

Two additional weapons were recovered last night and an out-of-state suspect was arrested by Essex County sheriff’s officers.

Fontoura said that sheriff’s officers Dominick Petrucci and Ryan Udvarhely were on quality of life patrol on Wednesday night when they observed what they believed to be a narcotics transaction in progress taking place in a parking lot near the intersection of Mt. Prospect and Victoria Avenues between a male suspect and the occupant of a black sedan.

When the sheriff’s Patrol Division officers moved in to investigate, Kemone White, age 20, of Dolthan, Alabama, ran from the scene.

The sheriff’s officers pursued White on foot. Ignoring numerous verbal commands to stop, White threw a silver handgun to the ground as he ran through the Mt. Prospect Village apartment complex. The weapon was recovered and identified as a loaded, 9mm, Millennium semi-automatic which was reported stolen out of White’s hometown.

Petrucci and Udvarhely caught up with the suspect as he attempted to hide behind a row of bushes. Lying on the ground next to White was a second handgun, a defaced, .32 caliber, Keltic semi-automatic weapon.

White was charged with two counts of the unlawful possession of a weapon and one count each of possession of a defaced weapon, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

White’s bail was set at $35,000. The suspect was lodged at the county jail where he awaits arraignment later this week.