Police made the arrests during two separate incidents.
According to law enforcement, the first suspect arrested by police was a 20-year-old male. The suspect was arrested during the morning hours while walking in the area of Thomas Street and Austin Street in Newark, New Jersey.
A number of Newark NJ police officers had set up surveillance in the neighborhood. The officers reportedly observed the suspect, along with several other men, approach various motor vehicles that drove by the intersection.
The officers allegedly saw the suspect receive money from one of the drivers of the vehicles. Once he had the cash in hand, the suspect reportedly entered the backyard of a nearby home on Thomas Street. The suspect then allegedly grabbed a clear plastic bag that was underneath a parked van.
When police officers approached the suspect, he reportedly exclaimed, “You got me.” He then allegedly dropped a vial of cocaine to the ground.
Police subsequently conducted a search of the van and allegedly found a loaded .380-caliber handgun. Police also allegedly found more vials of cocaine stashed underneath the van.
The second arrest was made by Newark police later that night. Detectives with the Newark Violence Reduction Initiative observed a number of men standing in front of an abandoned home located on the 30s block of Kent Street in Newark, New Jersey.
The officers allegedly saw one of the individuals, the 19-year-old suspect, begin to walk away. When the officers approached the suspect, he reportedly removed a loaded .40-caliber handgun from his front waistband and tried to tuck it into the back of his pants.
Newark NJ police arrested the suspect and charged him with illegal possession of a handgun.
To learn more about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Alleged Cocaine Dealer Among 2 Arrested with Loaded Guns in Newark, Police Say.”