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Essex County Sheriff’s Office


September 19, 2018

Contact: Sheriff Armando Fontoura (973) 621-4105

Newark – A suspect with a lengthy criminal history was arrested on multiple weapons and drug charges late this morning by a law enforcement task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and Newark police officers.

    Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics and Tactical Response Team along with Newark police officers executed a search warrant shortly before noon on Wednesday at a townhouse, located at 334 Irvine Turner Boulevard.

    “Here, our officers made a forced entry into the residence, fearing destruction of evidence, and detained the target of our on-going investigation, Corey Whitehead, 49,” Sheriff Fontoura said.  “As a result of our search, a fully loaded, 9mm, Taurus semi-automatic weapon with an extended capacity magazine, a fully loaded and defaced, .25 caliber, Titan semi-automatic pistol, three heroin-filled glassine envelopes, stamped ‘GOLDFINGER’ in red ink, four vials of ‘crack’ cocaine, and an assortment of drug packaging and processing materials were seized.”

    Whitehead was charged with two counts each of the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public housing complex.

    Whitehead was further charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon while committing a narcotics crime, possession of a defaced weapon and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

    Whitehead was lodged at the county jail where he awaits a bail hearing on today’s charges.