Littleton Avenue, Irvington – Narcotics Arrests
April 26, 2017
Contact: Sheriff Armando Fontoura (973) 621-4105
Newark – Three male suspects were arrested on drug charges on Tuesday afternoon by a law enforcement task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and Irvington police officers.
Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that as the officers prepared to execute a search warrant for the third floor apartment at 214 Littleton Avenue they encountered a suspect, later identified as Derrick Efford, 21 of Newark, who had just exited a first floor apartment and who was carrying three clear plastic bags, containing marijuana.
“With the first floor apartment door still open, our officers then observed Rajon Collins, 38, and Glenn Blackstone, 27, the son of Glenn Blackstone, Jr. and the target of the investigation, as they threw a blue plastic bag to the kitchen floor and ran from the apartment through the back door,” Sheriff Fontoura said.
After a brief foot chase through neighboring backyards, Collins and Blackstone, both of whom are Newark residents, were arrested as they attempted to enter a taxi cab on Fairmount Avenue.
“The blue plastic bag was recovered and it was found to contain 112 grams of marijuana and 21 grams of ‘crack’ cocaine,” Fontoura noted. “These narcotics were all packaged for street sale.”
Following the three arrests, the task force officers made a forced entry into the third floor apartment.
“In Blackstone, Jr.’s bedroom, a large black garbage bag, containing 2,746 grams of marijuana, was discovered,” Fontoura added. “An orange pill bottle, containing ‘crack’ cocaine, was also discovered in the living room and our officers seized a Motorola home monitoring system which is typically employed by drug dealers.”
The street value of the narcotics seized at both apartments is approximately $35,000.
Blackstone, Jr. who remains at large was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of CDS with intent to distribute and well as one count of the maintenance of a fortified structure.
The target’s son, Glenn Blackstone and Rajon Collins were each charged with two counts of possession of CDS, possession of CDS with intent to distribute and well as one count of possession of narcotics paraphernalia, conspiracy to violate New Jersey’s narcotics laws and resisting arrest by flight.
Efford was issued a summons for possession of CDS and released in his own recognizance. He will be arraigned on April 25th.
Blackstone and Collins were lodged at the Essex County jail where they await a bail hearing.