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Essex County Sheriff’s Office


October 3, 2018

Contact: Sheriff Armando Fontoura (973) 621-4105

Newark – A male suspect was arrested this morning at his South 10th Street residence by Essex County sheriff’s detectives on weapons and narcotics charges.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Fugitive Squad served a Temporary Restraining Order on Jahid Vauters, 30, on a domestic violence complaint.  The TRO also allowed the officers to search the Vauters’ apartment as he was suspected to be in possession of a weapon.

“In the suspect’s bedroom, our detectives discovered two shoeboxes.  One of the boxes contained a 9mm, Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun with a high capacity magazine that was fully loaded with illegal hollow-point bullets,” Sheriff Fontoura said.  “The box also contained a .357 caliber Ruger revolver which was also loaded with hollow-point bullets.  From the second shoebox, our officers seized 4,250 heroin-filled glassine envelopes, stamped ‘HIGH DEFINITION’ in red ink, and 135 grams of ‘crack’ cocaine.”

The street value of the narcotics is $50,000.

Vauters was initially 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 1000 feet of North Star Academy.

Vauters was also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of a weapon while committing a CDS crime.  Other charges against Vauters are pending.

Vauters will be lodged at the county jail where he will await a bail hearing.