The Newark Police Department received an anonymous tip about illegal drug activity in the area of 18th Avenue and South 19th Street in Newark, New Jersey. Police subsequently dispatched detectives to the neighborhood.
When the Newark NJ detectives got to the area, they reportedly saw the suspect in the process of selling illicit narcotics from his motor vehicle.
During a subsequent search of the suspect’s car, Newark police officers allegedly found a large amount of cocaine and an unregistered handgun.
The suspect, a 29-year-old man who resides in Irvington NJ, was placed under arrest. He faces several drug crime charges, including possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute on school property. The suspect also faces criminal charges for illegal possession of a handgun and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the cocaine distribution charges, he would be in store for severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, anyone who distributes or dispenses more than five ounces of cocaine can be charged with a first degree felony. A conviction for first degree cocaine distribution could result in a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Additionally, the suspect could be subject to enhanced penalties because he allegedly attempted to sell the cocaine near school property.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Armed Man Arrested While Dealing Drugs in Newark, Cops Say.”