Several suspects apprehended in Newark drug possession and illegal weapons raid

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Newark Police officials report that officers recovered eight illegal weapons and made seven arrests for possession of weapons as part of an intense violence reduction operation involving Newark Police and their law enforcement partners. law enforcement.

Newark Police, in a joint operation with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Essex County Attorney’s Office, the New Jersey State Police, the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Essex County Sheriff’s Office, increased deployment to Newark hot spots after four non-fatal shooting incidents that claimed eight gunshot victims Tuesday.

The operation last night and today resulted in eight arrests of illegal weapons and seven arrests for possession of weapons.

Sabir Williams, 25, Mahdee S. Johnson, 24, and Safiatou Dieng, 23, all of Newark, were arrested yesterday in block 100 of Goodwin Avenue.

Police said they observed a clinch drug deal between Williams and Dieng from a vehicle registered in Johnson’s name.

Officers observed Williams in possession of a loaded handgun, 42 glass envelopes of heroin and $ 584.00 of suspected drug proceeds.

Johnson was found in possession of 13 glass envelopes of heroin, eight plastic jugs containing suspected crack and $ 257.00 of suspected drug proceeds.

Police also recovered approximately 185 grams of marijuana. Dieng was found in possession of a plastic can of cocaine.

Police said Williams was charged with illegal possession of a weapon, possession of a firearm for illegal purposes, possession of CDS, distributing CDS and distributing CDS within 1,000 feet. of a school. Johnson faces charges of Possessing CDS, Distributing CDS and Distributing CDS within 1,000 feet. of a school. Dieng is charged with possession of CDS.

Naji Starling, 27, of Hillside, was arrested yesterday in Block 100 of Livingston Street after police observed him with a semi-automatic weapon loaded with hollow point bullets, police said.

Police also found Starling in possession of heroin. He faces charges of illegal possession of a weapon, possession of a firearm for illegal purposes, possession of prohibited weapons (hollow point bullets), possession of CDS, distribution of CDS and certain persons prohibited from possessing weapons.

Police said Michael Thomas, 30, of Newark, was arrested yesterday in Block 100 of Isabella Avenue after police observed him with a handgun loaded with ball-point bullets.

Thomas was also found in possession of an unlabeled prescription vial containing seven oxycodone tablets.

He is charged with illegal possession of a weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon (large capacity magazine), possession of CDS, resistance to arrest and certain persons prohibited from possessing a weapon.

Police said Samaad Allah, 25, of Newark, was arrested today at Bradley Court on North Munn Avenue after police observed him with a loaded gun.

He faces charges of illegal possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for illegal possession of a weapon and certain prohibited persons from possessing a weapon.

Police said Tshawn Scovil, 31, of Newark, was arrested today after police observed him with a handgun in the vicinity of Gladstone Avenue and South Orange Avenue. Police found Scovil in possession of a loaded phantom weapon, a weapon that does not have a serial number.

He faces charges of illegal possession of a weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon (large capacity magazine and phantom pistol).

Nazir Cook McDougald, 22, of Newark, was arrested in the 200 block of Bergen Street after police made a motor vehicle stop and observed a loaded handgun inside a vehicle he was driving.

He was also found in possession of four vials of promethazine hydrochloride and codeine phosphate oral solution. He faces charges of illegal possession of a weapon and possession of legendary drugs.

With the help of FBI agents, Newark Police recovered another weapon in Block 100 of South 9th Street.

Police also recovered a loaded gun inside an iron gate in Block 100 Chelsea Avenue and a bag containing several glass envelopes of heroin and several plastic cans of cocaine.

“The majority of the suspects arrested for possession of weapons in this operation are convicted felons,” noted Director O’Hara.

“This means that they are absolutely prohibited from carrying a weapon. Because the courts have been backlogged due to the pandemic, the liability previously imposed on repeat offenders is no longer in place.

I hope the criminal justice system will partner with law enforcement to keep repeat offenders off our streets. “


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