Newark NJ police recently arrested two local men who allegedly had handguns in a car while driving around the city’s Ironbound area.
Law enforcement made the arrests just before 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night. According to authorities, the Newark Police Department got a call about illegal activity outside the John W. Hyatt housing complex, which is located on Roanoke Court in Newark, New Jersey. The caller said that two men were driving in the vicinity of the building and flashing firearms.
When Newark NJ police got to the scene, they spotted the suspects’ car and pulled over the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly turned up multiple handguns.
The suspects, a 34-year-old Newark NJ man and a 37-year-old Newark NJ man, were arrested and charged with illegal possession of handguns. It is also possible that the suspects could face additional weapons offense charges, depending on the findings of an active investigation.
If the suspects are ultimately convicted of illegal handgun possession, they would be subject to severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b), a person caught carrying a handgun without first having obtained a valid license or permit can be charged with a second degree felony. A conviction on second degree unlawful possession of a handgun could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “2 Men Charged with Gun Possession in Newark.”