Newark NJ police recently captured two men accused of carrying AK-47 guns and possessing a large amount of heroin.
Police made the arrests around 9:00 p.m. Newark New Jersey police started an investigation after getting an anonymous tip about illegal drug activity at Grace West Manor, a local housing complex located on Irvine Turner Boulevard in Newark, NJ
Detectives with the Newark Police Special Enforcement Bureau were dispatched to Grace West Manor. Police officers surrounded the complex and saw the two suspects conversing in a courtyard. The suspects were reportedly armed with weapons.
When the suspects noticed the detectives, they allegedly threw their firearms inside a utility shed located in the courtyard.
The suspects then allegedly started to flee the scene, prompting the Newark NJ detectives to give chase on foot. Detectives quickly caught up to one of the suspects, a 30-year-old Newark man, and placed him under arrest.
The second suspect, also a 30-year-old Newark NJ man, was able to get inside an apartment in the Grace West Manor housing complex. The suspect allegedly refused to exit the apartment, prompting members of the Newark Police Department’s Emergency Response Team to break down the door and arrest him.
After placing both suspects under arrest, Newark police searched the area and reportedly discovered two fully loaded AK-47s, a 9mm handgun, and 142 packets filled with heroin.
After the suspects were taken to Newark police headquarters for processing, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose issued a statement praising Newark NJ police for removing more than 300 guns from city streets in 2016. Ambrose also asked local residents to alert law enforcement to any criminal activity by calling the Newark Police Department’s Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS or 877-NWK-GUNS.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “2 AK-47s, Heroin Seized in Newark Drug Arrests, Police Say.”