According to law enforcement, members of the Newark Violence Reduction Initiative were on patrol in the city when they came across a vehicle that was illegally parked in a handicapped spot near West Bigelow Street and Chadwick Avenue.
The police officers were in unmarked patrol cars as they moved toward the suspect’s vehicle. At some point, the officers observed someone speaking with the suspect, who was inside the car.
As the officers approached the vehicle, they reportedly saw the suspect handling an object inside the car. Police also allegedly detected the smell of marijuana coming from the car.
Police officers ordered the suspect to show his hands and get out of the motor vehicle.
Sometime later, Newark police officers searched the vehicle and allegedly found a loaded .380-caliber Smith & Wesson automatic handgun, as well as multiple bags of marijuana. Additionally, police also allegedly discovered an open container of alcohol inside the car.
Newark NJ police are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Newark Police Department’s 24-hour Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Illegal Parking Leads to Newark Gun, Drug Arrest, Cops Say.”