Essex County authorities recently arrested two men who allegedly engaged in a drug deal in Newark, NJ.
According to officials, the Newark Police Department got a number of complaints about illegal drug activity near the intersection of Fairmount Avenue and South Orange Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. The Essex County Sheriff’s Office sent narcotics detectives to the neighborhood to investigate and conduct surveillance.
Essex County sheriff’s detectives reportedly witnessed one of the suspects, a 28-year-old male from Newark NJ, loitering on the sidewalk. The other suspect, a 47-year-old man from Florham Park NJ, then approached the Newark suspect.
Police reportedly watched as the Newark NJ suspect went to a nearby residence, removed a plastic bag from behind a fence, and handed an item from the bag to the other suspect in exchange for money.
When police detained the suspects, they allegedly found the Florham Park man in possession of one vial of crack cocaine.
A subsequent search of the plastic bag allegedly led to the discovery of another 73 vials of crack cocaine, as well as 37 envelopes containing heroin.
Police arrested the suspects and charged them with drug offenses. The Newark NJ suspect faces criminal charges for cocaine distribution and heroin distribution. Meanwhile, the Florham Park suspect who allegedly purchased the drugs faces criminal charges for possession of cocaine.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspects were taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, NJ. The suspect accused of selling cocaine was being held at the correctional facility on a $75K bail amount, while the other suspect had his bail amount set at $25K.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Crack Cocaine, Heroin Seized in Newark Arrests, Sheriff Says.”