Prescription Drugs, 'Crack' Cocaine Seized in Arrest

Newark – A drug suspect was arraigned this morning following his arrest at his home yesterday afternoon by Essex County sheriff’s officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant for apartment 103 at 9 Summit Avenue in Newark at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Fontoura said that when there was no response to repeated knocking the BON officers found the apartment door unlocked. At that time, they encountered the apartment’s owner, Joel Walton, age 49, in the living room.

Walton was detained while the premises was searched.

On a dresser in the master bedroom the sheriff’s BON detectives recovered 5 prescription drug bottles, either with no label or the name of a person other than Walton, which contained a total of 221 oxycodone pills, 50 suboxone pills and 33 Xanax tablets. An additional 188 ziploc bags of ‘crack’ cocaine was discovered in a jewelry box.

Fontoura estimated the total street value of the drugs to be approximately $10,000.

Walton was charged with four counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of Sussex Avenue Park.

It was also determined that Walton was the subject of an open warrant issued by New York State Superior Court for willful non-support and a warrant issued by the Kearny municipal court.

At today’s arraignment, Judge Marilyn E. Williams ordered Walton held at the county jail in lieu of $175,000 cash bond only.