Suspect Arrested & Arraigned on Weapons and Drug Charges PDF Print E-mail
Newark – A suspect with a lengthy criminal record was arraigned this morning following his arrest late last week by Essex County sheriff’s detectives on multiple weapons and drug charges. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics, armed with a search warrant for the second floor apartment at 266 B Day Street in Orange, made a forced entry on Friday afternoon into the residence and detained the target of their investigation, Dana Thompson, age 39, while the premises was searched. The BON detectives discovered three plastic bags which contained 150 envelopes of heroin, stamped “LOVE” in red ink, under the cushions of the suspect’s living room couch. The sheriff’s officers also seized a fully loaded, .22 caliber Ruger semi-automatic rifle and an additional high capacity magazine in the living room closet. Fontoura noted that an additional 22 decks or heroin and 27 vials of ‘crack’ cocaine were discovered in the water chamber of the toilet bowl in the bathroom and 11 bags of marijuana and narcotics packaging paraphernalia were discovered on the kitchen table. “The target of our investigation has 18 previous convictions on drug and narcotics charges,” Fontoura pointed out. “He was well known to law enforcement and our investigation was prompted by numerous neighborhood complaints.” Thompson was charged with three 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 Park Avenue Elementary School. The suspect was also charged with one count each of possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, possession of a weapon while committing a CDS crime, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of an illegal ammunition magazine and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. At today’s arraignment, Judge Marilyn Williams ordered Thompson held at the county jail in lieu of $250,000 cash bond only.